April 21, 2024

A Letterkenny man has been jailed for six months for a severe assault in a busy automotive park within the city.

Matthew Lafferty, who has 67 earlier convictions, attacked Michael Mawhinney at Tesco automotive park in Letterkenny on July 12, 2023.

The 35-year-old, with an handle at Calhame, Letterkenny, has been in custody since being refused bail on July thirteenth at Buncrana District Courtroom.

Lafferty was dropped at Letterkenny District Courtroom this week from Castlerea Jail for sentencing this week. He was charged with assaulting Mr Mawhinney and inflicting him hurt.

Sergeant Jim Collins informed the court docket that Gardai attended the scene of a reported assault at round 12 noon. Michael Mawhinney informed Gardai he had been assaulted and officers noticed an open 1cm wound on the again of his head.

Mr Mawhinney recognized Lafferty as the person who carried out the assault.

The court docket heard {that a} video, provided by a brother of the sufferer, clearly recognized Lafferty because the perpetrator. He was seen hitting Mr Mawhinney and kicking him to the face and heard, Sergeant Collins mentioned.

Lafferty has 67 earlier convictions, together with street visitors issues, theft, housebreaking and drug-related offences.

Mr Patsy Gallagher, solicitor for Lafferty, mentioned his consumer, a father-of-one, has had extreme drug and alcohol habit points.

Mr Gallagher mentioned the sufferer had not come ahead with a sufferer influence assertion and mentioned that the incident occurred over the course of 15 seconds.

Lafferty was, his solicitor mentioned, ‘contrite’ and had tendered an early responsible plea. Mr Gallagher mentioned Lafferty’s accomplice had been the sufferer of an assault previous to his incident and a wound required 37 stitches.

“He misplaced management,” Mr Gallagher mentioned, asking the court docket to think about the time Lafferty had already spent behind bars.

Choose Éiteáin Cunningham mentioned a two-month sentence was not acceptable ‘given the character of the offence’.

Choose Cunningham mentioned she took into consideration the early plea and thought of the time spent.

Lafferty was convicted and sentenced to 6 months imprisonment, backdated to when he first entered custody in July.

Letterkenny man jailed after vicious assault in native automotive park was final modified: September sixth, 2023 by Employees Author