Head-stamp man given detention by court

A Portlaoise man given a suspended sentence for stamping on a man’s head during a six-man fight in the street failed to keep the conditions of his peace bond since his case was finalised, and has now been remanded in custody to await residential treatment for drug addiction.

A Portlaoise man given a suspended sentence for stamping on a man’s head during a six-man fight in the street failed to keep the conditions of his peace bond since his case was finalised, and has now been remanded in custody to await residential treatment for drug addiction.

Before Portlaoise Circuit Court was Ryan Lewis, St Brigid’s Place, Portlaoise, who was sentenced in April following an assault at Main Street, Portlaoise, on September 18, 2011.

CCTV footage showed Lewis stamping twice on the head of a man lying on the ground. The injured party was also assaulted by other men, rendered unconscious and taken to hospital. He had three teeth broken and was left with a facial injury.

Four of the men were given community service by Judge Tony Hunt, while Lewis and another man received suspended sentences. Lewis got two years and six months, suspended for three years on his own bond of €300 to be of good behaviour. He was also to engage with the probation service, as the judge ruled he required ongoing help.

When Lewis appeared back before the judge in October, State prosecutor Mr Will Fennelly said that Lewis had struggled with the conditions of the bond, having engaged in drugs and an assault. Lewis had admitted an addiction to heroin and had been hospitalised following an overdose.

Defence, Ms Geraldine Fitzpatrick said there was a real prospect her client could get a bed in the Aislinn Centre for his drug addiction. She suggested Lewis could go into custody and from there to Aislinn.

Judge Hunt remanded Lewis in custody at St Patrick’s Institute until February 25, with liberty to re-enter the matter when a bed becomes available in Aislinn.