Two year jail term for 'unprovoked, vicious assault' in Cork town

Two year jail term for 'unprovoked, vicious assault' in Cork town

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said, “This is a difficult case to understand. There appears to be no relationship and no past history between the accused and the victim. He was walking in a lane behind the supermarket when he was set upon by the accused.

A mindless, vicious and unprovoked assault was carried out on a 47-year-old man walking alone on a laneway in Dunmanway on a Sunday afternoon.

Now the 21-year-old accused man, Bradley Williamson of Moses Road, Clonakilty, County Cork, has been jailed for two years at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

The 21-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge of assault causing harm to the other man on May 26 at Market Square, Dunmanway, County Cork.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said, “This is a difficult case to understand. There appears to be no relationship and no past history between the accused and the victim. He was walking in a lane behind the supermarket when he was set upon by the accused.

“The victim did not know the accused. There was no trouble between them ever. It was an unprovoked, vicious assault.” 

The injured party suffered a number of injuries the most serious of which was a fracture to the ankle and he was not able to work for period.

“He is at a loss to understand why he was set upon like this. It was a very mindless, vicious assault,” the judge added.

Garda Paul Breen testified that at around 6 p.m. on Sunday evening, May 26, Bradley Williamson came from Roscarberry to Dunmanway.

He parked at Market Square and at 6.15 p.m. he walked into the laneway. He assaulted the injured party from behind, breaking his ankle. Williamson then ran from scene.

The accused was identified from CCTV.

The 47-year-old victim sustained a broken and dislocated injury to the ankle that left him walking with a limp.

Defence barrister Donal O’Sullivan said the accused had a strained relationship with his family and may have had some chaos in his past.

“This is his first time in custody for any stretch of time,” Mr O’Sullivan BL said of the defendant’s remand in custody on this assault charge.

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