Man, 86, kicked in leg and showered with obscenities

An 86-year-old man was kicked in the leg on a street in Cork by a much younger man who shouted obscenities at him.

Dominick Martin, aged 53, of 359 Blarney St, Cork, pleaded guilty at Cork District Court yesterday to a charge of assaulting Jim O’Rourke on December 3, 2014 on Shandon St, Cork.

Inspector Ronan Kennelly outlined the background to the assault.

Detective Garda John Gleeson was on duty in the area when he saw a dispute between two men.

He saw Mr O’Rourke being kicked in the leg by the defendant.

The detective approached and found there was a strong smell of intoxicating liquor from Martin, who was shouting obscenities at Mr O’Rourke.

Mr O’Rourke made a statement that he had not known the defendant personally but had seen him around.

In response to a question from Judge Grainne O’Neill, Inspector Kennelly said that there had been no animus between the two parties before the day the assault occurred.

Defence solicitor Gerard Hanley said the defendant suffered from depression and he was attending a drug and alcohol rehabilitation programme to deal with addiction issues.

Mr Hanley said that, on the day in question, the injured party was carrying a blind from a window and it blew and struck one of the men with the accused and this resulted in an exchange of words.

Judge O’Neill said: “He kicked him on the leg. Would he like to apologise?”

Martin said: “I suffer blackouts and depression and I am on a lot of medication.

“I cannot remember nothing. I am very, very sorry for what happened.”

When the judge asked if he was offering any thing by way of contrition Martin said through his solicitor that he would gather €400.

Judge O’Neill adjourned the case for three months for that to be done.

She said she would impose a two-month suspended sentence if that gesture of remorse was made.

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