Indiscriminate violence has to stop judge tells defendant at Cork court

Judge Colm Roberts said: “Punching out and throwing his fists around is not acceptable. He could have dislocated a person’s jaw.
Indiscriminate violence has to stop judge tells defendant at Cork court

Alan Raymond failed to turn up in court for this case in July and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest for sentencing.

INDISCRIMINATE violence on the street has to stop, said a judge in the case of a man who was seen throwing punches in the direction of people on a street in Cork City.

Garda Eugene Fitzgibbon encountered 22-year-old Alan Raymond, of Aisling Lawn, Ballincollig, Cork, on Washington St on April 10, 2022.

“He was outside Lavish throwing punches at a number of males. He was roaring at people passing on the street,” Garda Fitzgibbon said at Cork District Court.

Alan Raymond failed to turn up in court for this case in July and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest for sentencing.

He appeared before Judge Colm Roberts for sentencing for this case of being threatening and being drunk and a danger at Washington St.

Judge Roberts said: “Punching out and throwing his fists around is not acceptable. He could have dislocated a person’s jaw.

“This violence and alcohol have to stop. He has had some warnings (from courts) already and he has not taken them. It has to have a consequence.”

The judge said he was considering imposing an 11-week sentence with nine weeks suspended.

Defence solicitor Frank Buttimer said while it was understood by the defendant that he was at risk of a custodial term, it could result in him losing his job.

Mr Buttimer said: “That would knock him right back. I am pressing for a non-custodial sentence.”

After listening to the defence submission, the judge said he would suspend all of the 11 weeks, commenting, “I am taking a risk.

“He really, really better not be before me again. If he is, all of the velvet words will not work.”

The judge said Raymond would need to address his anger issues. “Why is he striking out with his fists? It appears he is angry with everyone, which is a dangerous way to be.”

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