A CIRCUIT Court judge has told a man who dished out an “unmerciful beating” to dramatically improve compensation for his victim or he faces three years in prison.
Neil Foley, 24, of St Laurence Park, Garryowen, pleaded guilty to assaulting David Crowe causing him harm at Claughaun GAA club on December 17, 2011.
The victim, then 19, sustained multiple fractures to his jaw and was knocked out.
Sentencing had been adjourned to allow Foley, an unemployed mechanic, come up with compensation.
Alicia Hayes BL, defending, said €1,000 had now been raised for Mr Crowe. Judge Carroll Moran was told that the victim was also taking civil proceedings.
Mr Crowe was not in court at either the hearing or the sentencing, noting in a victim impact statement he “couldn’t bring myself to see the man who ruined my life”.
Ms Hayes took issue with the tone of some of that statement, reminding Judge Moran that the attack had not been entirely unprovoked given there had been a verbal argument between the two men in the smoking area of the GAA clubhouse.
But Judge Moran recalled the evidence of Garda Fergal Hanrahan that Mr Crowe had been “subjected to an unmerciful beating and stuck in the face 13 times”.
He considered the appropriate sentence to be one of three years and adjourned the matter to October 18, warning that if there wasn’t a further substantial amount lodged, Foley risked going to jail.