5 June 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A young man was kicked and punched to the head while he lay on the floor of a Chinese take-away by two men who mistakenly believed he was an officer of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, an assault case hearing at a special sitting of Monaghan District Court was told.

The defendants – Paul Campbell, aged 35, of 10 Castle Meadow Court, Tirkeenan, Monaghan and 47-year-old Michael Gallagher, Cremoyle, Swans Cross – pleaded guilty to assaulting Colin Kerr, causing him harm, at the Treasure House Chinese take-away, Glaslough Street, Monaghan Town on November 25 2013.

Michael Gallagher was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, Judge William Hamill refusing an application by Mr Martin Cosgrove, solicitor, who appeared for both defendants, to suspend the sentence.

Paul Campbell, who is under the terms of a suspended prison sentence imposed at Monaghan Circuit Court for a previous office, was remanded to appear before Judge John O’Hagan at the Circuit Court sittings in Monaghan on Wednesday, June 18.

Judge Hamill, who was given a medical report detailing the injuries received by the victim, was informed by …

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