A TWENTY year-old who violently assaulted a 70-year-old man outside his home in Glin almost three years ago has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison.
Joseph Mulcahy, 20, of O’Connor Park, Ardagh had been warned he was facing a lengthy jail sentence if he didn’t stay out of trouble.
In August, Judge Carroll Moran warned Mulcahy that he was in the “last chance saloon” and was facing two years in jail if he didn’t address his alcohol problem.
Mulcahy had pleaded guilty to assaulting a 70 year-old-man shortly after midnight on February 26, 2011.
The victim was knocked to the ground, had a knife put to his throat, was kicked and punched by the accused and he feared he was going to be stabbed.
In a victim impact statement, the injured party said his confidence was affected following the assault and he said he is still nervous when he leaves his home at night.
Mulcahy, who has several convictions for assault, had drunk a bottle of vodka and a large volume of beer in the hours before the incident.
Following his arrest two days after the assault, Mulcahy told gardai he had “kicked the sh**” out of the pensioner and “given him a few boxes” as he believed he was going to be hit by him.
Mulcahy, the court heard, had committed the offence just 10 days after he had been placed on probation in relation to separate offences and on the night he had breached two of his bail conditions.
In mitigation, Mark Nicholas BL, said his client had been “out of control” around the time of the incident but had stopped drinking and was no longer on the garda radar.
The case was previously adjourned to allow Mulcahy to address his alcohol problems by entering a residental detox programme.
Mr Nicholas said his client had been offered a place at Cluain Mhuire in Bruree but did not have to money to pay for it at the time.
However, when he appeared back before the court last week, Judge Carroll Moran was told he has acquired further convictions, is serving a sentence and not due for release until next August.
After reading a probation report the judge said it was “not very helpful to the accused.”
He imposed a two and a half year sentence.
He has a number of convictions for road traffic offences including dangerous driving.