Assault accused still has ‘long way to go’

The assault happened outside the former Trinity Rooms nightclub

The assault happened outside the former Trinity Rooms nightclub

A ELECTRICIAN who has raised more than €8,000 in compensation for a man he assaulted outside a city nightclub still has a “long way to go” his lawyers have stated, writes David Hurley.

Patrick Moss (25), from County Tipperary, suffered a serious head injury and lost the sight in one eye during a fight outside the then Trinity Rooms nightclub more than three years ago.

Last year, Francis Doherty, aged 23, of Lough Lower, Cahir, County Tipperary pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Moss causing him harm at Bank Place, Limerick on May 20,2011.

During a sentencing hearing, which was heard in January, Limerick Circuit Court was told both men had been “ejected” by security from the nightclub prior to the incident after they had an altercation in the smoking area.

The court heard there was “bad blood” between the men and that something which had been posted on Facebook had “really upset” the defendant.

John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, said the victim, who was a trainee electrician at time, had gone to Limerick for a night out with some friends when he was confronted by the defendant.

Three of his teeth were knocked out during the assault, he suffered cuts and bruises, a fractured elbow and an injury to his left eye that has resulted in loss of sight.

Compensation totalling €7,000 was paid to Mr Moss in January and during a review of the case, Anthony Sammon SC, said his client had raised an additional €1,200.

He said Mr Doherty, who has recently secured employment, “does wish to do his best” and that he realises he has a “long way to go” before adequate compensation is paid.

Judge Carroll Moran adjourned the case until September for further review.


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