A three-year suspended jail sentence was imposed on a young man who played a part in robbing a young Italian of his guitar and wallet during a visit to Cork city.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin imposed the suspended sentence on Volodymyr Reyterovych at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.
“I heard the facts in this case previously and I have seen the victim impact reports. These were serious matters – violence being used for the robbery of a phone and in the other case a musical instrument," said the judge.
“The defendant has a very lamentable dysfunctional past. He was living in Pathways (a now-closed residential home for youths). Pathways has not thrilled itself in this court. Luckily he is on a different pathway now."
Defence barrister, Donal O’Sullivan, said the accused was making efforts to put his life on a better footing and had a part time job.
The victim previously described the psychological effect of not feeling safe in his relationships with other people since the attack. He said in a victim impact report that he had recovered from his physical injuries but he felt it would have a negative effect on his outlook on life for a long period of time.
Volodymyr Reyterovych with addresses at Donscourt, Bishopstown, Cork, and Kilmoney Road, Carrigaline, County Cork, pleaded guilty to robbery from the person at Industry Street, Cork, on June 28, 2014.
Detective Garda Katrine Tansley previously testified that the injured party was walking home on that date at 1.30 in the morning when he passed a group of young people at Nicholas Church Place.
A young woman shouted something at him that he could not understand and then one woman and two young men followed him.
“When he reached Industry Place he turned around and someone kicked him into the right side of the face knocking off his glasses. As one male kicked him another male and a female were with him. He then received a kick to his thigh. He was in fear. He had a guitar on his back which he removed and told them to take it. They also took his wallet containing cash and cards,” said Det. Garda Tansley.
Gardai observed swelling under the victim’s right eye when he came to make a complaint about the robbery.
The accused was identified from CCTV carrying the guitar from the scene of the attack. He denied being the one who struck the blow but admitted being present.
When gardaí carried out a follow-up search at the back of the FAS office they saw the accused walk away and leave the guitar behind him.
He also admitted robbing another man of his phone and cigarettes at Summerhill North on February 26, 2014.