Pair get 2 years for pushing Polish man into Bandon river

A POLISH man had to be rescued by gardaí after he was assaulted and pushed into the river off Bandon Bridge.

Yesterday, two men were jailed for two years for the assault.

A third man, who played a lesser part in the incident, was given a suspended two-year sentence.

Judge Patrick J Moran jailed Paul Dinan, aged 32, of Main Street, Kilbrittan, Co Cork, and Michael Kiely, aged 41, of Leighmoney, Dunderrow, Kinsale, Co Cork, and imposed the suspended term on Jerry O’Driscoll, aged 42, of 1 Convent Hill, Bandon, Co Cork.

Judge Patrick J Moran said in relation to the injured party, Hubert Karcocha, at Cork Circuit Criminal Court: “He got quite a beating from you before he was pushed, dare I say it, thrown, into the river.”

The judge said he regarded the €3,340 compensation from Dinan and the €2,000 from Kiely, as merely a token for the injured party.

The incident happened after midnight on October 29, 2007.

Judge Moran was told the 27-year-old injured party had made a good recovery.

The judge was told there had been an earlier incident in a pub.

He took the view that the assault did not take place because Mr Karcocha was Polish.

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