Man who punched friend over phone missed probation

A Portlaoise man convicted of assault who missed an appointment with the probation service was described by Judge Catherine Staines has not taking the matter seriously at last week’s court.

A Portlaoise man convicted of assault who missed an appointment with the probation service was described by Judge Catherine Staines has not taking the matter seriously at last week’s court.

Michael McDonagh, 31 Colliers Court, Portlaoise, was convicted back in December of assault, and threatening or abusive behaviour, at Church Street, Portlaoise, on October 30. 2014.

That court heard that McDonagh punched another man in the head a number of times, causing minor injuries. The two parties had know each other for a number of years, but a dispute over the ownership of a phone arose. Judge Staines adjourned the case on that date for a victim impact report and a probation report.

When the case returned last week, Inspector Aidan Farrelly said there was no victim impact statement as the injured party had not cooperated with the gardaí.

Judge Staines also noted that McDonagh had missed an appointment with probation.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said his client had failed to attend as he had changed address and did not receive the letter.

Mr Meagher went on to say that all matters had now been resolved between McDonagh and the injured party.

“I have to make sure no one else gets hurt by being punched in the head, there’s a public policy issue here,” said Judge Staines.

Mr Meagher said McDonagh was taking the matter seriously, to which Judge Staines remarked: “It doesn’t look that way to me.”

The matter was put back to April 23 for a probation report.