Twelve year prison sentence following Limerick assault

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A TEENAGER who repeatedly kicked and punched a 16-year-old boy at a petrol station on the outskirts of the city has been sentenced to twelve years in prison.

A TEENAGER who repeatedly kicked and punched a 16-year-old boy at a petrol station on the outskirts of the city has been sentenced to twelve years in prison.

Last month, Adam Fitzgibbon, 18, who has an address at Lissanalta, Dooradoyle pleaded guilty to intentionally causing serious harm to the youth at the Apple Green petrol station in Corbally on July 23, 2010.

The unprovoked assault continued for more than four minutes, at which point the victim stopped moving.

During a sentencing hearing, the court was told that Fitzgibbon inflicted 65 kicks and stamps to his 16-year-old victim’s head along with two stamps to his chest and 26 punches.

A medical report stated that the victim, who spent eight days on life support following the attack, suffers from weakness on his right side, deafness, as well as memory and speech problems.

Mr Justice Paul Carney noted the unprovoked nature of the attack and he imposed a 15 year sentence, suspending the final three years.