June 22, 2024

A Letterkenny man has pleaded responsible to the vicious assault of one other man within the city final 12 months.

John Sweeney was filmed assaulting the sufferer at Burnside Park, Letterkenny, on October 29, 2022.

Sweeney, who has an tackle at Burnside Residences, has been in custody for the final 12 months. He was introduced earlier than Letterkenny Circuit Court docket this week to be formally arraigned earlier than Choose John Aylmer.

Sweeney spoke solely to plead responsible to a cost of assaulting Sloan Murphy and inflicting him hurt.

Barrister for Sweeney, Mr Peter Nolan BL, requested for the preparation of a probation and welfare report on Sweeney. Mr Nolan mentioned Sweeney has been working in jail and was described as being ‘an excellent prisoner’. He additionally requested for a governor’s report. 

Choose Aylmer granted the appliance for each studies and the matter was adjourned to the January sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court docket.

Sweeney’s mom, who was current in court docket, mentioned ‘love you, son’ as he was led away by jail officers.

Footage of the incident was broadly circulated on the time.

Garda Detective Sergeant Johnny Sweeney beforehand instructed Letterkenny District Court docket that the assault was the worst he had seen in his 20 years of service.

Detective Sergeant Sweeney mentioned the accused man, who has 54 earlier convictions, was filmed “punching and kicking the sufferer a number of instances constantly, and at one stage, working as much as him akin to kicking a soccer”.


Letterkenny man pleads responsible to vicious assault was final modified: October twenty fifth, 2023 by Employees Author