A GUINEAN national who is the subject of a deportation order was sentenced to 10 months’ imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to assault and public order charges relating to separate incidents.
Ousmane Baah, aged 26, who most recently lived at a direct provision facility in Dublin, admitted punching a man during one incident at the Chicken Hut in Limerick city centre on November 13, 2014.
Sergeant Donal Cronin, Henry Street station, said the injured party suffered “slight reddening” in his face but did not require medical attention.
The defendant, who has more than 40 previous convictions, was “highly intoxicated” when gardai arrived a short time after they received a complaint.
Limerick District Court was told the first offence happened on April 4, 2014 at Parnell Street when Baah struck another man with a “closed fist” after he refused to give him a cigarette.
Solicitor Sarah Ryan said her client, who has lived in Ireland for more than a decade, is “well known to the gardai” as he gets into difficulty when he drinks.
“When he has no drink on board, he is a different person,” said Ms Ryan, who added that her client remains within the direct provision system and earns just €19 per week.
“The situation in quite frustrating for him, he is a continuous circle,” she said, adding that no progress has been made regarding his application for asylum as he is the subject of a deportation order, which has never been executed.
Imposing a number of custodial sentences, Judge Marie Keane said Baah is a guest in Ireland and is being supported by the Irish taxpayer.
She described his conduct and previous record as “truly deplorable” and said she did not accept frustration as an excuse.
She imposed a fine of €250 and imposed consecutive prison terms, totalling 10 months’ imprisonment.