Baseball bat used in vicious Cork city assault

Baseball bat used in vicious Cork city assault

A middle-aged man was viciously assaulted by a younger man armed with a baseball bat as he took a shortcut home through a housing estate after midnight with his wife.

That was the allegation made yesterday by Sergeant John Kelleher who prosecuted a case at Cork District Court.

The case was before Judge Olann Kelleher to see if he would accept jurisdiction to deal with it at district court level rather than by indictment at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

After hearing an outline of the alleged facts the judge said he would hear the case at Cork District Court.

34-year-old Patrick O’Sullivan of 43 Ferney Grove, Mahon, Cork, faces a charge of assault causing harm to the other man who was known to him on March 10, 2019.

Defence solicitor, Michael Quinlan, applied for a copy of the prosecution statements in the case to be sent to the defence.

Judge Kelleher acceded to that application and also granted free legal aid for Mr Quinlan to represent Patrick O’Sullivan.

The case was adjourned until June 15 at which time a date will be fixed for hearing. 

The matter would not have been adjourned for so long but for the new scaled back arrangements for courts.

Sergeant Kelleher outlined the allegations which related to just after midnight on March 10 2019. 

The injured party and his wife were taking a shortcut through Ringmahon Avenue when it was alleged that he was viciously assaulted by a man carrying a baseball bat for no apparent reason.

It is alleged the male struck him with the baseball bat in the arms and legs and tried to knock him to the ground.

The injured party and his wife identified him as the defendant.

The parties were known to each other.

The injured party received extensive bruising and soft tissue damage to his back, thighs and toes and some defensive injuries to his arms, according to a medical report which was handed in to the judge.

Judge Kelleher accepted jurisdiction on hearing of the alleged injuries.

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