Youth who attacked man and escaped from garda to be sentenced next week

A youth who viciously punched and kicked a man and then escaped from a garda and continued to beat him will be sentenced next week at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

A youth who viciously punched and kicked a man and then escaped from a garda and continued to beat him will be sentenced next week at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Andrew O'Keefe (aged 20) of Drumcliffe Road, Cabra West pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Mr Joseph Kavanagh on August 26, 2007.

Garda Declan Grant told prosecuting counsel, Mr Bernard Condon BL, that he witnessed O'Keefe and a group of youths chase Mr Kavanagh from a party on Fassaugh Avenue in Cabra.

They surrounded him and beat him to the ground where they continued to kick and punch him. Garda Grant intervened and tried to pull the attackers away. He grabbed O'Keefe and restrained him as the victim got up and sprinted away.

O'Keefe broke free from the garda's grip and, along with another person, chased after Mr Kavanagh. Garda Grant pursued them and witnessed them again beating the victim, "kicking him as hard as they possibly could to the head".

When they saw gardaí approaching, the attackers fled and O'Keefe was arrested a month later. The victim was taken to hospital suffering from broken teeth and facial bones. He had severe bruising and had to have his jaw wired for a period.

O'Keefe made no admissions in interview and refused to tell gardaí the reason for the attack. Mr Kavanagh said he didn't know why they had beat him.

Garda Grant said O'Keefe has 25 previous convictions for offences such as theft and breaches of public order.

Defence counsel, Mr Damien Colgan BL, said his client suffered from ADHD and had a serious alcohol problem. He said he expressed remorse and wished to apologise for the assault.

Judge Frank O'Donnell said he wanted time to read the reports handed in on O'Keefe's behalf and put the matter back to next week.

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