Men gave publican merciless beating, court told

A publican who believed the storeroom of his premises was about to be robbed by three youths chased after them, but they turned on him and gave him what was described as a merciless beating.

Donal Sinclair, publican of The Hole in the Wall premises in Midleton, Co Cork, said he was in such disarray after the beating that he returned to the pub and “my keys were missing and my teeth were missing.

“I didn’t know I had a collapsed lung until the following night.”

Three men were before Cork Circuit Criminal Court yesterday for sentencing on charges of assault causing harm to Mr Sinclair and engaging in a violent disorder.

The trio were Christopher Cotter, with addresses at Cois na hAbhainn, Cloyne, Co Cork, and Broomfield, Midleton, Ryan Crowley, of 3, Elm Grove, Midleton, both in their 20s, and Dylan Carroll, aged 18, of 7, Beechwood Court, Midleton.

Carroll pleaded guilty to the additional charge of causing criminal damage to a door by kicking it in.

Barristers for the accused said that between them, the defendants had gathered €5,500 in compensation for the victim, who said he had dental, medical and other bills including improved security cameras, amounting to a total in the region of €10,000 as a result of the attack on him that night.

He said he still worried about what was around the corner when he walked in the area.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said, “I am not finalising this today. I am going to remand all three in custody until next Tuesday.

“This was a manic drunken attack that has had an appalling effect on the man. I don’t think they have engaged with the damage they have done.”

Turning directly to the three men in the dock, the judge said, “You had better reflect on that in Cork prison because you have not done so up until now.”

Garda Kieran Glynn said that on Oct 29, 2012, Crowley broke into the Hole in the Wall bar.

He was told the premises was closed but he demanded drink and refused to go, and only did so when Mr Sinclair told him about CCTV on the premises.

Crowley returned with his co-accused. “Angry at being put out of the Hole in the Wall, they came with him to get revenge.”

They climbed over a wall and were confronted by the publican and some patrons on the premises. Carroll kicked the front door in.

The gardaí were called and Mr Sinclair ran after them so that he could tell gardaí where they had gone.

They turned around and gave him a vicious beating, by chasing, punching and kicking him, tripping him to the ground, and kicking him while he was down.

All three men apologised for their actions and said they had been drinking prior to the offences.

Carroll, who admitted the additional charge of damaging the door of the premises, had paid for that previously.


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