Probation act for assault

A Mountrath man convicted of punching a man in a fast food outlet was last week given the probation act, after he completed more than the 150 hours’ voluntary work he had been ordered to do by the court.

A Mountrath man convicted of punching a man in a fast food outlet was last week given the probation act, after he completed more than the 150 hours’ voluntary work he had been ordered to do by the court.

Mark Brophy, Drim, Mountrath, was convicted back in September of assault causing harm, at Main Street, Mountrath, on November 20, 2011. The court heard that Brophy punched a man, causing an injury to his finger and nose.

At that court sitting, Judge Catherine Staines said he was lucky not to be going to prison, and ordered him to complete 150 hours’ voluntary work in the community. He was also told to pay an additional €500 compensation, on top of the €500 he already paid.

Last week, his solicitor, Mr Philip Meagher said the €500 had been paid. He handed in a letter showing that Brophy had completed close to 200 hours’ work with his local GAA club, “well over the court appointed 150 hours”.

Judge Catherine Staines applied the probation act, section 1.1.