Defendant who punched boss receives probation report

A DEFENDANT who admitted punching his boss has his case adjourned for a probation report.

A DEFENDANT who admitted punching his boss has his case adjourned for a probation report.

Colm Walsh, Ballygorey, Mooncoin pleaded guilty to the assault at Ballinerla, Kilmacow on January 28.

Solicitor Michael Lanigan told the court how his client felt that his boss was overcritical adding that the injured party felt that the defendant ‘didn’t take direction well’.

“By chance they passed each other on the road. They both stopped and got out and a brief discussion took place. The injured party, Mr Mc Grath took out a cheque but told the defendant that his was not going the pay him for one half day as there had been a few mishaps and he felt that he didnt deserve it. Walsh got upset and his boss started walking to his van and Walsh followed him. There were words exchanged and Walsh threw a punch. Unfortunately it was rather a strong blow and Mr McGrath suffered an injury,” Mr Lanigan said.

He added that the cheque for 350 euro was stipped and that money was never paid over. The cost of medical treatment to the injured party was 325 euro. Gardai have also informed the defendant that a crown, costing 850 euro will be needed for the injured party as one of his teeth was undermined. Mr Lanigan also apologised to the injured party on behalf of his client.

“He realises that it was a grave mistake. Thankfully it didn’t escalate from that. When gardai approached him he made a full statement and was not attempting to justify himself. He accepted that he lost his temper and he never hit anyone before in his life. I hope that the court will accept this. He co operated fully and only has one previous conviction for a minor road traffic conviction,” said Mr Lanigan.

“My client harbours ambitions to be a member of the Defence Forces or to go and work in the Southern Hemisphere. Judge David Anderson adjourned the case to October 11 for the preparation of a probation report.