TWO YOUNG men violently assaulted a man in a Newcastle West nightclub after one of their girlfriends made a serious allegation against him, the local court has heard.
Nathan Murphy, aged 21, of Knockbrack, Knocknagoshel and Maurice Sheehan, aged 20, of Knocknasna, Abbeyfeale pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to a named victim at Club Mission, Church Street, Newcastle West on July 8, 2012
Newcastle West court heard last week that the pair set upon the victim out of “a ridiculous sense of chivalry” after one of their girlfriends suddenly became “very distressed” and made an allegation against him.
Insp Paul Reidy told the court that on the night in question the named victim was “walking to the toilets” in the club when he was set upon by the accused pair, who “started hitting him, knocking him to the floor”.
The injured party later spoke to Sgt Frank Downes, who was on duty outside the nightclub, and told him that he had been assaulted. The victim “was bleeding from his nose and had swelling around both eyes” at this point, the court heard. A short time later the victim pointed out both of the culprits in the street, and as gardai spoke to Murphy he became “very aggressive” and refused to leave the area.
Both men were seen attacking the victim on the nightclub’s CCTV cameras, and later made statements to gardai admitting their roles in the attack.
The court heard that Sheehan has no previous record, while Murphy has eight previous convictions for minor road traffic offences.
Solicitor Pat Enright, defending both men, said that on the night in question both defendants were on “a very pleasant night out with their girlfriends”, and were in the nightclub when one of the women became “very distressed” and made a serious allegation against the victim.
The defendants then “decided to sort the matter out themselves” out of “a ridiculous sense of chivalry”. Attacking the victim instead of handling the allegation in a responsible manner was “appalling behaviour”, Mr Enright admitted.
The court heard that both men are currently without full time employment, but have recently completed FAS training courses. Sheehan also works part-time in security.
Judge Mary Larkin adjourned sentencing in the case until January 23 to allow for probation reports to be completed on both the defendants, and she also requested a victim impact statement.