Two jailed over raid on sleeping students

Three students sleeping in a house near UCC were attacked and robbed in the middle of the night, one of them being stabbed.

Yesterday, two of the assailants were jailed.

Timothy Long, aged 31, of Ardcullen, Hollyhill, Cork, was sentenced to seven years in jail, with the last two years suspended. Co-accused, Thomas Long, aged 28, of Dunmore Gardens, Knocknaheeny, Cork, was sentenced to six years with the last two years suspended.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin referred to one of the students who woke thinking occupants upstairs had brought friends back and were making a lot of noise. When he went up to find out what was going on he was stabbed in the side. The wound was 5cm deep.

The other injured parties were punched in their bedrooms and struck with the adapter part of a lead from a laptop.

The judge said of the accused: “These two men had a full and active part in the offences, in the use of violence and the use of equipment in committing assaults.”

They both pleaded guilty to three counts of assault causing harm to the young men at a house at Mount Pleasant, College Rd, Cork, on Sept 25, 2009; two counts of robbery of property; and one count of theft.

Defence barrister Brendan Kelly said Timothy Long had offered €1,800 in compensation to be divided up between the injured parties.

Donal O’Sullivan, barrister for Thomas Long, said his client also apologised for what he did and said that Long had been intoxicated on the night in question.


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