A BALLYRAGGET man was convicted of assaulting his former boss using a lumphammer at Kilkenny Circuit Court.
The trial, which lasted six days, ended yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon when a jury found Noel O’Connor, 39 The Acorns, Castlecomer guilty of assault causing harm to Sean Murphy at The Square, Ballyragget on June 5, 2008. He was acquitted of assault causing harm to Murphy’s partner Iwona Niewiadomsza at the same location on the same date.
Garda John Bolger told the court that on the date in question he arrived at the scene at 6.10pm. “When I got there I was directed to a house and I went into the house and saw Sean Murphy sitting on a chair. There was a towel on his head and blood streaming from his head and Iwona was holding her jaw. Mr Murphy was placed in an ambulance and taken to hospital,” he said.
Garda Bolger said that he met O’Connor at 7pm at the garda station and that O’Connor told gardai that he took the lumphammer off Sean Murphy and used it to defend himself. The following day the garda took a statement off Sean Murphy and took photographs of his injuries. “I noted that there was a large laceration to his head that had needed stitches,” he said.
Mr Murphy told the court that he was struck with the lumphammer on the head by O’Connor when Murphy was on the ground.
Medical evidence in the trial stated that Mr Murphy had blood “oozing” from his face when he was admitted to St Luke’s Hospital. He also had a six-centimetre laceration to his head and bruising to his ribs, the court heard.
The jury took over seven hours of deliberations to find O’Connor guilty of assault causing harm to Mr Murphy. Judge Alice Doyle adjourned the case for sentencing until the next Circuit Court sittings in February and ordered that a probation report be prepared.
Full coverage of the trial inthis week’s Kilkenny People