Eight months in jail for head-butting man in Cork pizza outlet row

Eight months in jail for head-butting man in Cork pizza outlet row

A ROW in the queue at a pizza outlet in Cork city in the early hours of the morning saw one man head-butting another man in the mouth causing significant damage to his teeth.

Timmy O’Keeffe of 76 Westbury Estate, Wilton, Cork, pleaded guilty at Cork District Court to a charge of assault causing harm.

Defence solicitor, Frank Buttimer, said the young man had gathered €9,000 compensation for the injured party and apologised for his actions.

Sergeant John Kelleher said the incident happened at 3am on April 7, 2018, when the parties were present in Fast Al’s.

The defendant was arrested nearby on Oliver Plunkett Street shortly afterwards and there was blood on his forehead as a result of the head-butt he had given to the other man, Sgt. Kelleher said.

“After the head-butt, he began spitting at the injured party and was sucking blood off his own face and spitting it at gardaí,” Sgt. Kelleher said.

Mr Buttimer said the actions of the defendant on the night were totally out of character. He said O’Keeffe was active in charity.

In terms of background, the solicitor said the defendant had previously been the victim of a very serious assault years ago.

Judge Olann Kelleher said the assault charge was very serious in the present case and then there was the spitting of blood at gardaí which the judge said was also serious.

He imposed a sentence of eight months on Timmy O’Keeffe on the assault causing harm charge, and ordered him to do 200 hours of community service for the assaults on the gardaí.

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