'Bullying will not be tolerated' warns Judge after conviction for assault imposed

'Bullying will not be tolerated' warns Judge after conviction for assault imposed

Carrick-on-Shannon courthouse

Conor Glynn, Derreenavoggy, Arigna was convicted of assault when he appeared before Carrick-on-Shannon District Court last week, having initially been remanded to Castlerea jail for a period of three days last Tuesday.

Giving summary evidence against Mr Glynn, Insp Denis Harrington said the injured party had been socialising in The Miner's Bar, Derreenavoggy, Arigna on January 28, 2018.

As he began to walk home he was pushed into a flower bed and hit a number of times by the defendant and his glasses were removed and damaged.

The Court heard the injured party was punched and kicked a number of times before a passing neighbour intervened and brought the injured party home.

Insp Harrington said the incident started earlier in the night when Mr Glynn became engaged in an argument with the injured party’s father.

Defending solicitor Niamh McGovern said Mr Glynn is a 21-year-old who lives with his parents and is working full-time.

“On the night in question he became involved in a very unfortunate incident. It appears he had too much to drink.”

Ms McGovern added that the following day he attempted to apologise to the injured party but he was unwilling to accept the apology at that stage.

Ms McGovern said the defendant has no previous convictions and asked for the case to be adjourned for some time to monitor Mr Glynn.

Having heard the evidence Judge Kilrane said, “He assaulted him not once but twice. Why should he not go to prison for that type of assault?”

Judge Kilrane asked, “I need to know what caused this?” In reply Mr Glynn said, “Too much drink.”

'Why single out the unfortunate victim?'

Continuing his questioning Judge Kilrane asked, “Do you normally beat people up when you’ve had too much to drink. Why single out the unfortunate victim?”

Having received no answer to his question, Judge Kilrane remarked, “No explanation whatsoever.”

The defendant was remanded in custody and reappeared before Carrick-on-Shannon District Court on Friday morning last.

Ruling against Mr Glynn, Judge Kilrane commented, This was an appalling episode of bullying" and he stated "bullying will not be tolerated." He convicted and fined Mr Glynn €500 and €349 worth of compensation was paid to the injured party.

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