GP's jawbone was fractured in unprovoked assault at Limerick practice

David Hurley


David Hurley

Jeffrey Morey pleaded guilty before Limerick Circuit Court

Jeffrey Morey pleaded guilty before Limerick Circuit Court

A WELL-known GP sustained serious head and facial injuries when he was viciously attacked and pushed down the stairs by a man who attended at his Limerick practice.

Jeffrey Morey, aged 27, of no fixed abode, has pleaded guilty to “recklessly or intentionally” causing serious harm to Dr Seamus Kilby at Barrington Street in the city on February 29, 2016.

During a sentencing hearing Garda Brian Prendiville said the incident happened at around 3.30pm after Dr Kilby (57) was alerted to a male who was being “threatening and abusive” towards the practice nurse while in the waiting room of the doctor’s practice.

He told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, that after he was asked to leave Morey “motioned his head towards his face” resulting in a physical altercation erupting.

Garda Prendiville said having been pushed down the stairs, Dr Kilby was dragged out the front door before being repeatedly kicked and punched.

“It was a most ferocious beating,” commented Mr O’Sullivan who said there was no justification or provocation for what happened.

Morey, who had initially attended at the clinic with a patient of Dr Kilby’s fled in the direction of the People’s Park and when gardai arrived at the scene a short time later, there was blood “streaming down the face” of Dr Kilby who had managed to make his way back inside.

He was subsequently taken to University Hospital Limerick where he was detained for a number of days for observation.

Judge Tom O’Donnell was told Dr Kilby sustained various bruises, a deep laceration above one of his eyes and that he had to undergo surgery for a fractured jawbone which resulted in metal implants being inserted.

Mr O’Sullivan said he will have some permanent scarring as a result of the assault and that he still experiences some pain and discomfort.

Noting that the Director of Public Prosecutions must to consulted and asked where on the scale she places the offence, Judge O’Donnell adjourned the matter to later this month when he will also hear submissions from Morey’s legal representatives.

Dr Kilby will also be given an opportunity to deliver a victim impact statement if he wishes.