Sgt David O’Callaghan told Cork Circuit Criminal Court yesterday that Graham O’Mahony, of 68 Hazel Rd, Togher, Cork, was clearly seen celebrating and shouting those words over and over on St Patrick Street in the early hours of December 21, 2012.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin jailed him for two years and said: “This was a mindless assault by a vicious man on innocent pedestrians.”
Elizabeth O’Connell, defending, said O’Mahony now accepted he was 100% wrong but that, on the night, he had been drinking and jumped to the absolutely mistaken conclusion that the three men he assaulted had been involved in an earlier assault of his friend.
Sgt O’Callaghan said that at 1.20am, the three injured parties were walking along the street towards Daunt Square when O’Mahony stood out in front of them and asked for a fight.
He then punched the first young man in the face. That man’s friend intervened and was also punched in the face, as was the third man.
Ms O’Connell said O’Mahony apologised to the three men. “He is going to anger management inside in the prison,” said Ms O’Connell. “He fully recognises that there has to be some deep explanation for his behaviour, an explanation even beyond his heroin addiction.”
Referring to leniency shown to O’Mahony in the past, the judge said: “He got a great hop of the ball the last time, but the ball is now punctured.”