TWO young men will be sentenced next month after they admitted their role in a serious assault in the centre of Newcastle West two years ago which left a man with traumatic head injuries.
Thomas Toomey, 27, from Mallow, Co Cork was hospitalised following the incident which happened at The Square, Newcastle West in the early hours of March 11, 2012.
When they were arraigned at Limerick Circuit Court on Tuesday, Alan O’Sullivan, aged 21, of Ballynine, Old Mill, Newcastle West and Eddie Shine, aged 21, of Old Mill, Newcastle West pleaded guilty to “intentionally or recklessly” causing serious harm to Mr Toomey contrary to section 4 of the Non Fatal Offences Agains the PersonAct.
Mr Toomey was punched during a row outside a fast-food restaurant in the town at around 3am and his head struck the ground resulting in his injuries.
The then 25-year-old was initially treated at the then Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick before being transferred to Cork University Hospital where he was treated for several days.
After Mr O’Sullivan and Mr Shine entered their guilty pleas, Michael Collins BL, prosecuting requested an adjournment of the sentencing hearing to facilitate the preparation of a Victim Impact Statement by Mr Toomey.
Judge Carroll Moran agreed and indicated he will impose sentence on July 14, next.
He will hear full details of the offence on that date and he will also receive medical evidence in relation to the injuries which Mr Toomey sustained.