Man jailed after violent Limerick incident in which college graduates were attacked

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Patrick Wynne will be released before Christmas

Patrick Wynne will be released before Christmas

A MAN has been sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment for his role in a violent incident in Limerick during which three graduates were attacked.

Patrick Wynne, aged 22, of no fixed abode, had pleaded guilty to assault charges relating to an incident at Cruises Street at around 3am on October 27, 2017.

Garda Pat Carey said three friends (two women and a man) enountered Mr Wynne and two other men as they were walking to get a taxi having celebrated their graduations from Mary Immaculate College.

Words, including smart comments, were exchanged following which the male graduate was set upon and “repeatedly punched”.

Garda Carey told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, that the 21-year-old victim, was also struck with a glass bottle during the altercation and that a clutch bag belonging to one of the women was taken as the culprits fled.

Judge Tom O’Donnell was told the three culprits were captured on CCTV before and after the incident and that Mr Wynne made admissions “on the street” when encountered by gardai a short time after the incident. “He made valuable admissions,” said Garda Carey.

The victim, Mr O’Sullivan said, sustained superficial injures to his face as well as a cut to the back of his head.

Lily Buckley BL, defending, said her client has had substance abuse problems in the past and that he has been in custody since his arrest.

She said the father-of-two was intoxicated on the night and had “volunteered his involvement” to gardai almost immediately.

She said he is genuinely remorseful and is now on an ‘enhanced regime’ in Limerick Prison.

Judge O’Donnell noted the defendant had a “very challenging start in life” and that he is making efforts to address his problems.

He said there are “anger and other issues bubbling under the surface” and that he should have been able to “walk away” after words were exchanged with the graduates.

 The judge said what happened was “very unsavoury” and that alcohol had contributed considerably.

He imposed a two and-a-half year sentence, suspending the final 12 months. Because the sentence was back-dated, Mr Wynne is likely to be released before Christmas.