TWO men who “savagely attacked” another man in the city centre last year leaving him with serious facial injuries have been told they will go to prison if they continue to drink or use drugs.
Paul Edwards, aged 21, of Broad Street and Niall Joyce, aged 20, of Cosgrove Park, Moyross have both pleaded guilty to assaulting the man, causing him harm at Bedford Row on February 19, 2011.
During a sentencing hearing, Limerick Circuit Court was told the incident happened at around 2am when the injured party was walking to get a taxi following a night out in the city centre.
The victim, who is aged in his 40s, suffered a fractured jaw, a broken nose, two black eyes, and loose teeth after he was kicked and punched repeatedly by the defendants who took his mobile phone, wallet and house keys.
Judge Carroll Moran was told the 90% of his lip and chin area were numb following the unprovoked attack and that he could only eat liquidised food for three months afterwards and still has difficulty chewing.
Garda Tracey Draper, Henry Street, said one witness saw the victim being kicked into the stomach and the head before the culprits fled.
She said the accused men, who had been arrested in relation to separate matters earlier in the night, were caught on CCTV cameras leaving the scene of the assault.
She added they were wearing the exact same clothing when they were observed in the Bedford Row area again shortly before 4am.
Following their arrest the suspects, who had taken alcohol and Xanex tablets on the night, admitted their involvement in the incident.
The court heard the victim , was out of work for some time after the attack and attended counselling for the trauma he suffered.
Judge Moran said the injured party had suffered serious injures as a result of a “pretty savage beating”.
He said the appropriate sentence was three years imprisonment because of the serious injuries and the savage nature of the assault but he agreed to adjourn sentencing until after Christmas.
Both defendants gave a sworn undertaking to stay away from alcohol and other drugs between now and the sentencing hearing on January 18, 2013.