Shoe print found on man’s face after attack in pub

The imprint of a shoe or a boot was found on the face of a man whose head was stamped on in the smoking area of a city centre pub in a violent attack.

Det Garda Cormac Crotty said the medical report on the victim referred to the shoe or boot print on the side of his face that was visible in hospital.

Det Garda Crotty said a number of people kicked the victim in the head, but the defendant was seen by two witnesses stamping on the victim’s head.

The defendant, Greg O’Connell, aged 26, of 5 Maryville Mews, Ballintemple, Cork, was given a three-year jail sentence with half of it suspended at Cork Circuit Criminal Court on a charge of assault causing harm to Paul Martin who is in his mid-20s.

Judge David Riordan said: “I have no doubt this is at the severe end of the spectrum. There was some element of chaos, there was a melee but Mr O’Connell was identified as the primary assailant on Mr Martin.

“The injured party Mr Martin has gone through a fair amount trauma as a result of this.”

The judge referred to several aspects of sentencing, including as a deterrent. He said sentencing was not an exercise in vengeance.

The incident occurred after 1am at the Catwalk Bar on April 29 last year. Two groups of men were in the smoking area at the time. Witnesses saw the accused walk up to the injured party, Paul Martin, punch him in the face, knock him to the floor, and stamp on his head.

Det Garda Crotty said: “Greg O’Connell comes from a very respectable family. I would describe him as a changed man from the time I arrested him. He was a good deal heavier. At the time my opinion was that he was arrogant but he seems quite remorseful today. He had handed over €8,000 in compensation.

“He has not come to the attention of gardaí in any shape or form since this incident.”

Ray Boland, defence barrister, said it was a very confused situation in the pub with a number of parties involved and Greg O’Connell was bleeding from the nose at the time of the incident and he had a bite mark to his hand.

Greg O’Connell expressed his apologies and remorse and said yesterday: “I am absolutely disgusted with myself. It is never something I thought would be in my nature. I never expected to be in these circumstances. Not only have I left myself down, I have left my partner, my employer and my family down.

“To have caused these injuries to another party has shocked me to the core.”


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