Judge Mary Larkin: fined man for assault causing harm against his brother-in-law
A MAN headbutted his brother-in-law before ‘brandishing a screwdriver from his sock’ at County Limerick pub, a court has heard.
Martin Ward, with an address at Derry, Listowel, was at Jack Foley’s pub in Abbeyfeale on December 11, 2016.
He headbutted John Ward at around 9.45pm on the evening, before pulling a screwdriver from his sock and threatening the victim.
John Ward sustained cuts in the assault, Newcastle West court heard.
Martin Ward has previous convictions for public order, being drunk and a danger to traffic, drunk driving, and a host of other road traffic convictions.
He pleaded guilty to the headbutt but denied having brandished the screwdriver.
His solicitor said that no screwdriver was found on his person after the assault.
The victim did not wish to make a victim impact statement. He is married to the defendant’s sister, and the court heard that they were out drinking all day.
Martin Ward “has very little recollection of the day”, the court heard.
John Ward has been arrested several times for incidents at Martin’s house, the court heard, and there is a falling out at the heart of the two men’s relationship.
There was “an awful lot of alcohol drank” the court heard.
Judge Mary Larkin said that “he clearly has an alcohol problem”.
Insp Alan Cullen said that the man has not come to garda attention since the incident.
The defendant became a father to a new baby at the start of 2017 and was in court with his wife, who is very supportive, the court heard.
He is in receipt of social welfare.
Judge Mary Larkin fined the man €500 for assault causing harm and gave him six months to pay.