A Durrow man charged with what Judge Catherine Staines described as “an appalling” assault has been given the benefit of the probation act, after the judge accepted he was genuinely sorry and had paid compensation.
At last week's sitting of Portlaoise District Court, Cillian O’Shea (19), Tubberboe, Durrow, was charged with assault causing harm, at the Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise, on December 3, 2017.
After reading a victim impact statement in the case, Judge Catherine Staines said: “This is appalling.”
Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick replied that the accused was not taking the matter lightly.
She said he had collected €1,000 compensation and had written a letter of apology.
He had overhauled his life and was now assessed at a low risk of reoffending, so he was not at all taking the matter lightly.
Ms Fitzpatrick said that a criminal conviction would have an adverse effect on his future.
She said he is now keeping an extremely low profile.
Judge Staines said it had been a serious assault with the injured party getting punched in the face.
She said it merited a prison sentence, however the mitigating factors were that the accused had no previous convictions, had been only 18 at the time, and had since stopped going out and stopped drinking.
Judge Staines said he seemed genuinely remorseful and had written a letter of apology, which she accepted as genuine.
Directing the compensation and letter of apology to go to the injured party, Judge Staines said she would give the accused a chance, but if he ever came before the court again this matter would come back up.
Judge Staines applied the probation act, section 1.1.