A man was assaulted by another man three times in one night and yesterday the sentencing judge said it was not good enough for the accused to be offering only €400 in compensation after a period of 18 months.
Judge Olann Kelleher said, “The injured party was out of work for seven weeks with his injuries. Now it is one and a half years later and he (the defendant) comes up with €400. The court will not accept that.
“That is not realistic. He is at risk of prison.”
Defence solicitor, John Powell who represented 39-year-old Gary King of Lios Cara Grove, Killeens, Cork, asked the judge to indicate an appropriate gesture in terms of compensation.
Judge Kelleher said that if the victim was out of work for seven weeks then a sum of €3,000 would be necessary if only to address that.
Mr Powell said the defendant was out of work and had not got a hope of raising €3,000.
Judge Kelleher warned he was facing a risk of jail and put the sentencing back for a final time until November 7.
Mr Powell said the defendant and the injured party had worked together in Australia and Gary King was very badly injured in an accident on his return to Cork and was unable to work. He said they fell out and there was bad blood between the parties.
As the solicitor further described the disintegration of their friendship, Judge Kelleher said, “I don’t want to hear any more about bad blood, you cannot take the law into your own hands.”
Sergeant John Kelleher said the parties encountered each other on April 7 2019 at the Commons Inn and the injured party was assaulted twice by Gary King. The defendant threw punches and there was a struggle between them on the ground.
The injured party said he was assaulted for the third time that night as he was walking home later at Parklands Drive when the defendant struck him in the knee with his own knee.