A 19-year-old man who punched a child repeatedly in the face was last week given detention at the Portlaoise District Court.
Before the court was Ryan Lewis, with an address listed at 98 St Brigid’s Place, Portlaoise, charged with assault at the Lismard Business Park, Timahoe Road, Portlaoise, on June 9 last year.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence in the case.
The injured party, a 14-year-old boy, was attacked by Lewis and struck in the head and face, leaving him was a swelling to the back of his head.
Insp Farrelly described it as an unprovoked attack.
“The defendant was swimming in the lake area when he came across the 14-year-old and struck him for no reason,” said Insp Farrelly.
The inspector read out a statement from the injured party, in which the 14-year-old said Lewis approached him on the day and said “Who’s after my cousin?”, before he punched him in the face causing him to fall to the ground. The injured party then tried to block his punches.
“I was extremely scared and in pain, I didn’t get much sleep that night,” said the injured party, explaining that when he leaned forward he could feel a pressure behind his eyes.
Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said that there had been a lot of people at the lake that day, and Lewis wrongly thought that the injured party had caused a problem to one of Lewis’ group.
Judge Staines said she had given Lewis every opportunity in the past with regards to his drug problem, but the assault was unacceptable.
“To punch a child in the face repeatedly is not acceptable,” she said.
The judge imposed five months’ detention. Recognisance was fixed for an appeal.