A NAAS rugby player who Judge Catherine Staines described as having destroyed the life of the young man he assaulted appeared before last week’s District Court in Portlaoise, where he was ordered to continue paying compensation to the injured party who will require almost €50,000 in dental work.
Karl Jebb, with an address at Covert Lane, Kilteel, Naas, was convicted at a previous court sitting of assault causing harm. The incident occurred at Portlaoise Rugby Club, Togher on October 31, 2009. At that time, Judge Staines ruled that Jebb was to set up a bank account to pay €100 into on a weekly basis, with the money to be forwarded to the injured party, a Master Nolan.
At last week’s court, solicitor for Jebb, Mr Declan Breen said that €500 was paid on the day of the previous court sitting and a further €550 was paid after that. Mr Breen then handed in €1,200 to the court.
Mr Breen said that his client accepted full responsibility for the incident, but he asked Judge Staines to balance this against Jebb’s financial circumstances. Mr Breen submitted a statement of means on behalf of Jebb’s family, which showed that the family business had gone into receivership.
After reading the statement, Judge Catherine Staines noted that Jebb’s parents were responsible for two foster children, for which they received €600 a week.
Mr Breen replied that out of this amount come a number of outgoings each week, and he said his client is currently doing a FAS course as a gym instructor for which the pay is very limited.
“The monies have been begged or borrowed for the compensation for Master Nolan,” said Mr Breen. “It’s not feasible for the family to continue these payments.”
Present in court was Master Nolan’s father. Mr Nolan told Judge Staines that the family have to wait until their son is 19 to have the dental work done and for the time being Master Nolan has a set of black teeth.
“He’s lost the best years of his life,” said Mr Nolan.
Mr Nolan said the lowest cost of the work was estimated at €48,000. Mr Nolan told Judge Staines that the family had explored all avenues in relation to seeking cheaper treatment, but the HSE would not cover it.
Describing it as a vicious attack, Judge Staines declared that Jebb had destroyed the injured party’s life.
“This man has been left with no confidence,” she said. “If it takes ten years, I want this man compensated.”
The judge agreed to reduce the weekly compensation from €100 a week to €50 and she put the matter back to October 4, by which time another €2,000 should be paid. She also requested Mr Nolan to seek a letter from the HSE explaining why they can’t cover the work.