Man beaten, dragged by the hair and had concrete block held over his head during violent attack in Cork

The accused expressed remorse and said that the attack by himself and others was “a lousy thing to do.”
Man beaten, dragged by the hair and had concrete block held over his head during violent attack in Cork

Judge Helen Boyle noted that the victim had suffered financial loss as well as other impacts from the events of that night.

Late night raiders attacked a man living alone and robbed the jeep from outside his home and one of the attackers even held a concrete block over his head during the violent rampage which was shown on screen at a sentencing hearing.

25-year-old Vincent Delaney of bay 5, Spring Lane halting site, Cork, pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to a charge of assault causing harm to Gary Clarke at Monard, Rathpeacon, County Cork, on October 3 2019.

Defence barrister, Donal O’Sullivan, said the accused expressed remorse and said that the attack by himself and others was “a lousy thing to do.”

 Vincent Delaney did not threaten the accused with the concrete block and did not rob the jeep. His part in the violent incident was the assault causing harm.

Mr O’Sullivan BL said Delaney was educated through the Cope Foundation and would have been vulnerable to being led by others. 

“He has no intention of darkening his (injured party’s) door ever again in his life,” the barrister said.

Delaney pleaded guilty to charges that on October 3 2019 he committed an assault causing harm to Gary Clarke at Monard, Rathpeacon.

Details of the incident 

Detective Garda Brian Murphy testified at Cork Circuit Criminal Court that at 2.30am on that date the injured party was alone in his mobile home when a Volkswagen Passat pulled up against the door to prevent him from getting out while others in the car stole his Jeep.

The injured party Gary Clarke did manage to get out of his home but he was attacked and knocked to the ground.

“He was dragged by the hair to a kneeling position and further beaten,” the detective said.

When the attackers realised the injured party had recordings from CCTV they demanded the recordings.

Det. Garda Murphy said the only reason the attackers did not follow Mr Clarke into his mobile home was because they were afraid of three large dogs he had inside.

During the attack, an earring was ripped from the victim’s ear leaving him with a permanent laceration to his ear.

The stolen Jeep was located a week later at Spring Lane halting site where Delaney lives.

Victim hugely affected 

Gary Clarke, the victim of the attack testified, “This assault has affected me hugely. I think about it every day and I have not felt safe. When I go to work I think about how safe my trailer is and when I am there I am also on high alert. I am always on edge.

“Before this happened to me, I was very happy, enjoyed working hard and spending time with my dogs in my trailer. Now this has all changed for me. I am constantly stressed. In fact, this incident has not left my mind in over two years. I can honestly say it has changed my life. I am on constant guard and find it hard to sleep.

“I am an easy-going man who gets on with most people. I bother no one and spend a lot of time working. I cannot understand why the accused would do something like this. He does not know me. I do not know him.

“I want to live my life peacefully as I always had done before this assault. I still need time to heal from the entire event. I would like to thank Garda Brian Murphy for his assistance and all the other gardaí who have helped me since.” 

Judge Helen Boyle noted that the victim had suffered financial loss as well as other impacts from the events of that night. The judge put sentencing of Delaney back until the February sessions of Cork Circuit Criminal Court to allow time for the accused to gather compensation. She said no promise was being made to the accused about the possible outcome of the case in terms of sentencing.

A co-accused was previously jailed for his part in the crime.

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