08 Aug 2022

Laois man booked holiday instead of saving assault compo

Portlaoise Courthouse

Portlaoise Courthouse

A Laois man facing an assault charge should have saved up compensation instead of booking a holiday, Judge Catherine Staines has said.

Before Portlaoise District Court last Thursday June 6 was Eoin O'Connor with an address at Cappan Ellen, Durrow.
He is charged with a Section 3 assault causing harm, on October 27 2018, on Main Street, Portlaoise.

Mr O'Connor was one of three, with a co-accused and a juvenile all charged with assaulting a man, breaking his rib. The incident was captured on CCTV.

Mr O'Connor pleaded guilty. Defence, Thomasina Connell, said he was “extremely remorseful.”
“His mother is extremely distressed. He tells me he had eight or nine pints. He had come to see his friends who had been away. Alcohol was a huge part of the reason. He went to aid a friend who seemed to have been intimidated,” she said.

She said that Mr O'Connor left Limerick IT having struggled at being away from home. He is an apprentice electrician, earns €220 a week and gets up at 5.30am.
“He is on a limited income, he hasn't compensation but he has a plan to give around €1,000,” she said.

Judge Staines put back the case to September 19, for a probation report and victim impact statement.

“He booked a holiday in Lanzarote, his mother only found out after. It cost €400, he is on limited means, I ask that you consider this,” the solicitor said.

“He might have been better saving compensation than booking a holiday,” the judge said.

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