THREE men who pleaded guilty to charges relating a serious assault in the city avoided prison sentences, while a fourth man was jailed.
A 24 year old man suffered serious head and facial injuries during the attack, which happened near the Greenpark Shopping Centre on Childers Road on April 9, last year.
In January, Niall Hogan, aged 20, of O’Malley Park, Southill; Keith Curtin, aged 21, of Glasgow Park, Janesboro; Stephen Curtin, aged 23, of Salvia Court, Keyes Park and Liam Hennessy, aged 23, also of Glasgow Park each pleaded guilty to violent disorder.
Imposing sentence at Limerick Circuit Court, Judge Carroll Moran said the injured party had suffered a “severe beating” when he was set upon by the defendants.
He noted garda evidence that Keith Curtin was the main culprit and that it was he who initially confronted the injured party before the others joined in.
During a sentencing hearing, Judge Moran was told a number of people were in the area at the time of the incident, which happened in the early evening.
“It was alarming for people in the vicinity,” he said commenting that the attack happened in broad daylight.
The judge said the injured party had been “viciously stamped on” and that each of the defendants were “very lucky that no severe injury was visited on him”.
As Keith Curtin was the most culpable of the defendants, Judge Moran sentenced him to three years imprisonment, suspending the final year.
He sentenced Niall Hogan to three years imprisonment, suspending the sentence for five years.
Both Stephen Curtin and Liam Hennessy received three year sentences, which were suspended for three years.
All of the defendants were bound to the peace by the judge.