A man who left a city centre nightclub was jeered, punched, and kicked which left him unconscious on the ground with a broken eye socket and a broken cheekbone.
Gerard O’Regan, aged 26, of 4 Mahon Crescent, Mahon, Cork, was sentenced to three years in prison, suspended on condition that he keeps the peace for four years and complies with probation service directions for two years, for assault causing harm to Edward Finn at Hanover St, Cork, on February 2, 2013.
Judge David Riordan said: “He caused significant harm to Mr Finn. It is significant that he has secured a conviction for a similar offence where a jaw bone was fractured within the same year. Having regard to the fact that he lay in wait and was conscious of being away from CCTV cameras does show a certain amount of design. And he assaulted him pretty horribly. But sentencing is not an exercise in vengeance.”
Sgt Alan Cronin gave evidence in relation to the crime at Cork Circuit Criminal Court yesterday.
He said the injured party was socialising in a nightclub when the defendant approached him and put his arms around him. The defendant was put out of the club.
“Later when Edward Finn was leaving the defendant was across the road, shouting, ‘pussy’ and saying, ‘Come down where there are no cameras’,” he said.
Mr Finn did not approach the accused but was attacked by O’Regan. He punched the injured party several times in the face. Mr Finn was unconscious almost immediately. He was kicked while on the ground.
Security men in the area followed O’Regan and caught him at Grand Parade and held on to him until the gardaí arrived to arrest him.
O’Regan said: “I would just like to apologise. He deserves an apology.”
Dermot Sheehan, defending, said the accused came from a respectable family.
“He has a significant issue with drug use and alcohol use. History of offending is associated with just that. It is a consistent issue with him... He is young, he is in full-time employment, he has a good and supportive family, he has belatedly sought to deal with the difficulties at the root of his offending behaviour.”
Judge Riordan said to the accused: “The way I am seeing is that you have certain opportunities opening up to you but Mr Finn’s life has been diminished. He is the victim here, not you.”
The accused was also put on a curfew for the next four months to be home between 11pm each night until 7am.
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