A man was kicked and assaulted on a roadway where he lay injured after being knocked down by a car.
Gary O’Brien, aged 21, of Ash Crescent, Newcastle West, Gortboy, pleaded guilty at Limerick Circuit Court yesterday to assault causing harm to Stephen Daly at Gortboy on November 19, 2014.
Det Garda Joseph O’Sullivan, Newcastle West, said Mr Daly and a friend were out drinking when they met the accused and another man in Maiden St. A fight broke out and when it finished Mr Daly went towards Ash Crescent, where another incident occurred.
Gardaí were told Mr Daly was hit and knocked down by a red Toyota car.
Two men, one the accused, then assaulted Mr Daly as he lay on the road, hitting him with sticks and other implements.
Mr Daly was brought by ambulance to Unversity Hospital Limerick, where he was treated in the emergency department with complex fractures to his face. He also had significant injuries to the chest and abdomen.
Det Garda O’Sullivan said many of those at the scene of the attack were related and Mr Daly did not wish to make a victim impact statement to the court.
When the case was due to go to trial before a jury last May, two important State witnesses did not respond to summonses and the State acknowledged that this would have posed difficulties in a trial.
O’Brien pleaded guilty and was remanded on bail.
In a statement to gardaí, he admitted giving Mr Daly “a belt and a boot”. The bail was revoked last December when he breached a curfew and he had been in custody since. Judge Tom O’Donnell imposed a two-year sentence with the final 18 months suspended.
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