TWO-YEARS IN PRISON SUBSTITUTED BY COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR CARRICK ASSAULT DEFENDANT (21)

15 January 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A 22-YEAR-OLD Carrickmacross man who assaulted another man at a local food outlet has been ordered to carry out 240 hours’ community service — in lieu of a two-year prison term — for what the judge at Monaghan Circuit Court on Tuesday described as a brutal assault that resulted in serious injuries for the victim.

Ciaran Flanagan of 37 Drummond Etra, Carrickmacross, had pleaded guilty to assaulting Sean McNally, causing him harm, at Carrick Pizza, Main Street, Carrickmacross on 29th December 2013.

Judge John O’Hagan imposed the conviction and sentence on Mr Flanagan despite what he acknowledged as “a very impassioned plea” from defending barrister Ken Connolly, in which the defendant’s genuine efforts to raise compensation and “turn himself around” were emphasised.

Judge O’Hagan was reminded by Mr Frank Martin BL, prosecuting, that evidence in relation to the case had initially been heard at the Circuit Court sitting in Carrickmacross on 14th April 2015.

Mr Flanagan had offered to raise €3,500 in compensation on that occasion, but the judge had directed that €5,000 be donated, counsel recalled. It had been indicated that if this amount were paid, a two-year prison sentence would be substituted by…

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