‘To today, I can’t perceive why they attacked us for no cause,’ a person has instructed the district court docket greater than three years after he was assaulted whereas on an evening out at Dundalk Racecourse.
e was one among two victims to present proof of how the occasions of 15 December 2018 affected him.
Earlier than Choose McKiernan have been father and son Michael (58) and Kenneth Kilkenny (28), each of Lisross, Rossinver, Co. Leitrim, who pleaded responsible to prices arising out of the incident at a Christmas get together in Dundalk Stadium.
Michael Kilkenny was charged with assaulting a male inflicting him hurt, whereas Kenneth Kilkenny was up for assault inflicting hurt and violent dysfunction.
He was additionally summonsed for 2 counts of assault inflicting hurt, whereas his father was summonsed for violent dysfunction and assault inflicting hurt.
The court docket heard that in an unprovoked assault by folks they didn’t know, the victims sustained accidents.
Certainly one of them testified that it was traumatic, and he needed to get counselling.
‘We have been jumped and to today I can’t perceive why they attacked us.’
He added he suffered head accidents and was ‘badly marked’. His arm was sore for a few days.
The opposite injured get together mentioned he suffered a damaged rib after getting ‘booted on the ground’ and that he may have sustained a kick to the top.
‘There was a very good few (males) on us.’
State solicitor Niamh McKernan offered proof that the 2 associates have been assaulted by 4 males. Each obtained kicks to the top.
They didn’t know their assailants and had no interplay with them previous to this.
CCTV footage confirmed Kenneth Kilkenny throwing a chair at one of many victims.
Kenneth and Michael Kilkenny and two different people outnumbered the 2 victims, one among whom was caught on the bottom and was kicked ‘a number of occasions’ by Kenneth Kilkenny who walked in the direction of the opposite man and kicked him a lot of occasions.
Solicitor Paula Tiernan handed in references for each of her purchasers.
She mentioned Kenneth Kilkenny had been at a Christmas get together and inebriated. He was extraordinarily embarrassed and mortified by what occurred and was disgusted when he noticed the CCTV footage.
This was out of character. He had not come to garda consideration since and had obtained counselling for anger difficulties.
Kenneth Kilkenny was in a steady relationship and hard-working. He had €1,000 compensation although the court docket might want extra.
Choose McKiernan mentioned this was an unprovoked assault on folks on an evening out. It was on the increased finish of the dimensions and the DPP had directed abstract disposal of the matter within the district court docket on a responsible plea solely.
The choose mentioned she didn’t take into account the quantity of compensation supplied in any respect sufficient.
Ms Tiernan continued that Michael Kilkenny was held in excessive regard and had not come to garda consideration since
The court docket heard that Kenneth Kilkenny had earlier convictions for 2 Part 3 assaults on one man. At Sligo Circuit Court docket he obtained an eight-month suspended sentence and paid a complete of €15,000 compensation.
Ms Tiernan mentioned he knew he was on skinny ice, and she or he requested the court docket for time to get extra compensation.
Choose McKiernan mentioned that Kenneth Kilkenny had earlier convictions and that she was not impressed by the best way he met the case. There was no different choice however a custodial sentence.
A six-month time period was imposed. The defendant subsequently lodged an attraction, bail having been set at a private bond of €200 with an unbiased surety of €3,000 money lodged.
Michael Kilkenny was remanded on persevering with bail to 19 October for fee of €2,500 compensation to every of the 2 victims.
The choose mentioned if that was completed a four-month suspended sentence can be imposed. In any other case, he can be jailed for 4 months.