A talented boxer who used his skills to pummel young men he encountered on the street and inflict the further indignity of going through their pockets was jailed yesterday.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin told the culprit he would want to stop the boxing as he had been using it to assault people on the street in unprovoked attacks.
Eugene Brady, aged 21, of 31 Shannon Lawn, Mayfield, Cork, was sentenced to a total of four years yesterday with the last two years of the sentence suspended on condition that he would keep the peace for two years following his release from jail.
Brady admitted attacking two young men in Glanmire and two in the Blackpool area. He was also one of a gang involved in a violent disorder where a mother and father and their two adult children were attacked when they remonstrated with one youth for kicking their dog outside their home.
Niamh Stewart, defence barrister, said the accused was on a binge of drink and drugs at the time of the attacks. She said he was remorseful and using his time in prison well to receive counselling and was now what is called an enhanced prisoner.
Judge Ó Donnabháin said, “He went on a spate of assaults and robberies. He did a significant amount of damage to various people.”
The judge remarked that the assaults were bad enough without the added indignity of stealing from them.
Detective Garda Brian Murphy said there were unprovoked attacks on two young men at Riverstown, Glanmire on November 7, 2015.
They were punched and beaten to the ground and further punched and attacked on the ground where Brady also went through their pockets and robbed them of small amounts of money.
One young man sustained a fractured skull which could have had extremely serious consequences.
Brady pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to one man at Thomas Davis Street, Cork, and to another man at North City Link Road, Cork, both allegedly incidents occurring on February 18, 2016.
Sergeant Kieran O’Sullivan said previously the first victim was passing a group of youths when one of them tried to trip him.
He kept going but Brady followed him and gave him three blows to the face for no reason.
Shortly after this, another man waiting at a traffic lights at North City Link Road was attacked from behind and punched in the face without provocation.
“He got a second blow to the face when lying on the ground. Members of the public in cars stopped to assist the injured party. He had a broken nose and fractured sinus,” the sergeant said.
Around this time he was involved in a violent disorder in Mayfield where a family were all set upon and attacked by a gang of youths after one of the youths kicked their dog.