Brothers attacked while walking home with father in County Limerick town

A BRUREE man who set upon two brothers in the town of Kilmallock kicked and punched one of them in the face and chest, a court has heard.

A BRUREE man who set upon two brothers in the town of Kilmallock kicked and punched one of them in the face and chest, a court has heard.

Shane Aldridge, 19, of Garouse, Bruree was before the court charged with assault at Sarsfield Street, Kilmallock on November 5 last and with two counts of assault causing harm on the same date.

Superintendent Alan Cunningham of Bruff garda station told the court that on the date in question  gardai received a complaint in relation to an incident on Sarsfield Street in Kilmallock. The court heard that at 2am Sergeant Damien Holian and other gardai arrived at the scene. The court heard that a father and his two sons had left a licenced premises to walk home when they were “set upon” by two youths, one of whom was the defendant before the court. Supt Cunningham said that the individuals were knocked to the ground and assaulted.  The court heard that the individuals were “badly assaulted” and one of the brothers was left unconscious on the ground.

As part of a follow-up investigation, CCTV was examined and the gardai identified the accused. The court heard that the accused made certain admissions in relation to the matters. Two medical reports were presented to the court.

When asked by Judge John O’Neill what the background to the assault was, Supt Cunningham said the injured parties were walking home with their father and while he said there may have been some verbal exchanges between the parties prior to the incident there was “little interaction” between the parties before the incident. Having read the medical reports Judge O’Neill described the matters as “very serious”.

Defence solicitor Patrick Kelly said his client understood how serious the matters were. Mr Kelly said his client would say that he “didn’t set upon them”.

Mr Kelly said his client would say that a fight broke out and he jumped in. The court heard that Aldridge has public order charges pending. Mr Kelly said his client wasn’t working at the time and an idle mind was getting him into trouble.

Mr Kelly said the severity of the matters “has focused his mind” adding that his client had employment arranged and had a letter of offer from a company. The court heard that the defendant lives with his mother and is from a good family.

Mr Kelly said that a custodial sentence at this point in his client’s life would be “detrimental” to him. He said that if Aldridge was given the opportunity to take up employment it “might set him on the right path”.

“I think he needs to grow up here. He knows he is at risk,” said Mr Kelly.

When asked by Judge O’Neill if there was an update on the victims’ injuries, Supt Cunningham said while he had no current update, as far as he was aware the men had made a recovery. While he said the father had not been assaulted he was “quite shocked by it”.

Judge O’Neill said the injuries suffered by one of the victims “gave him great cause for concern”. The court heard that the man received kicks and punches to his face and chest.

Judge O’Neill said the defendant was sitting in the court “quiet as a mouse”. “But at one o’clock and two o’clock in the morning he was a different individual,” said Judge O’Neill who pointed out to Mr Kelly that if there was a video played of the situation “we would really know what your client is like”.

Judge O’Neill made an order for a probation report to be carried out on the defendant and victim impact reports to be carried out on the injured parties. Judge O’Neill adjourned the matters to the July court.

Judge O’Neill said Aldridge is in a very serious situation and said he had a custodial sentence in mind for him.

“We will see how he behaves before the probation services but he is in a very serious situation,” he said.