Allegedly struck man with glass

A Westmeath man who allegedly struck another man in the face with a pint glass in an assault committed in a Portlaoise pub appeared at the recent Circuit Court, where he requested more time to consider his plea as he “feels under considerable pressure”.

A Westmeath man who allegedly struck another man in the face with a pint glass in an assault committed in a Portlaoise pub appeared at the recent Circuit Court, where he requested more time to consider his plea as he “feels under considerable pressure”.

Hugh Nevin, with an address at 7 St Michael’s Park, Mullingar, Westmeath, was charged with assault causing harm.

The alleged offence took place on December 25, 2011, in a licensed premises on Main Street, Portlaoise.

Evidence was given by State solicitor, Mr Donal Dunne.

The injured party, Mr Thomas Nevin claimed he had been assaulted by Hugh Nevin, but the Circuit Court heard there were no independent witnesses.

Thomas Nevin claimed he had been struck in the face with a pint glass, leaving him requiring medical attention. He received six sutures and a number of paper stitches, and has been left with permanent scarring.

Defence for Nevin was Ms Geraldine Fitzpatrick.

Ms Fitzpatrick told Judge Tony Hunt that her client wanted more time to consider his plea.

“He feels under considerable pressure and wants more time,” said Ms Fitzpatrick.

Judge Hunt put the matter back to July 30, and told Nevin to have made his mind up by that date.

Nevin was remanded on bail to appear on July 30 for arraignment.