The case has been finalised of two Mountrath men who were part of a four-man group that viciously assaulted an off-duty garda leaving him off work for a month, with one man receiving a suspended prison sentence and the other community service in lieu of jail.
Before Portlaoise Circuit Court were Codie Doheny, Kiln Lane, Mountrath, and Gavin Doheny, Kilbricken, Mountrath. They were two of four males convicted of assault causing harm, at Market Square, Mountrath, on July 11, 2016.
The injured party, an off-duty garda, had been going between a local pub and the bookies on that date when he encountered a group of males and there was an exchange of words.
Around 20 minutes later, there was another exchange of words which escalated into an argument.
Gavin Doheny threw a milkshake at the garda, followed by a punch to the head, before all four males attacked him with punches and kicks and he was knocked to the ground.
The garda received a number of punches and kicks to the head and body, both while he was standing up and while on the ground.
Among the injuries sustained by the garda were a fractured rib, wounds to the side of the nose and cheek area, injuries to the temple area, and both knees were badly grazed.
He was out of work for one month.
The matter was adjourned a number of times by the circuit court, for the accused to pay compensation.
When the matter returned to the circuit court last week, in the case of Cody Doheny, Judge Keenan Johnson noted there was a very positive probation report on the accused and it seemed he was doing well.
The judge imposed a two-year sentence, suspended for five years on condition the accused enter into a peace bond to keep the peace for five years; he remain under probation supervision for 12 months and follow all directions; and he have no contact with the injured party.
Judge Johnson told the accused to continue on the same path he was following, but warned him if he came back before the court for a breach of those terms he would serve two years in jail.
In the case of Gavin Doheny, the accused handed in the final compensation of €500.
Judge Johnson imposed 240 hours’ community service in lieu of two years in jail.