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Judge orders €10,000 restitution for two stab victims

Beer bottle assault

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Judge orders €10,000 restitution for two stab victims

Carrick-on-Shannon courthouse.

Carrick-on-Shannon Circuit Court Judge John Aylmer has told a Drumshanbo defendant to provide €10,000 restitution to victims of a beer bottle assault in order to avoid a jail sentence.

Dubhaltach McDonagh of 8 Cluain Locha, Carrick na Brack, Drumshanbo previously pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to two Dublin men at Park Lane, Carrick-on-Shannon and possession of a weapon, a broken beer bottle, on August 6, 2017.

At a sentence hearing last week, Judge Aylmer asked the accused to provide €5,000 in court before he would finalise the matter.

The judge went on to impose a sentence of two years each on both assault charges which will be suspended if he pays another €5,000 due before the court by next February.

Two Dublin men, Dean Clifford and Christopher Murphy were assaulted with a broken Heineken bottle by the accused.
Sergeant Fintan McHale had previously told the court the pair met McDonagh and his female friend and “words were said.”

He said Mr McDonagh left them and went to a car park, where it is believed McDonagh smashed a Heineken bottle and then attacked Dean Clifford cutting him on the neck and face with the broken bottle and then cutting Christopher Murphy on the palm of his hand.

Both victims were taken to hospital by ambulance.

Sgt McHale said the defendant was “covered in blood” at the scene.

Both men put forward the economic loss they have sustained due to injuries and the effects on their emotional states as well as their appearance.

The court previously heard that Mr McDonagh gave a voluntary statement to gardai. He told them he couldn’t remember what happened.

He thought he heard the men say “I’ll f***ing kill him” and next thing he remembers is sitting on the ground in hysterics.

He was arrested on September 21, 2017 and he told gardai he was not a regular drinker and had never been out in Carrick-on-Shannon before.

Sgt McHale said the defendant made no denials but couldn’t recollect the incident. He has no previous convictions.

The defence told the court their client has been diagnosed with ADHD and spent time in foster care. They told the court “he is very remorseful.”

The probation report noted that the risk of the accused re-offending was moderate and would be reduced with training or work - he has received employment in Longford and works as a DJ at the weekend.

Mr McDonagh's father was in court and said he would loan the sum of €5,000 to his son as restitution which the defendant says he will pay off each week.

The case was adjourned to February 2020.