A Ballycroy man will have to serve 240 hours of community service for attacking a barman with a pint glass outside a pub in Mulranny.
Thomas Canning of Claggan, Ballycroy was found guilty by a jury last November of assault causing harm to Terence Gallagher outside Daly’s Bar in Mulranny on July 19, 2014.
Following the trial, Mr Canning (37) was remanded in custody by Judge Rory McCabe until he was released from prison in February and placed under the supervision of the Probation Service for the finalisation of the sentence.
Last week’s sitting of Castlebar Circuit Court heard that since his release from prison, Mr Canning has given up alcohol and has engaged with a psychologist in relation to his anger management and alcohol issues.
The trial heard that on the night of the assault Mr Gallagher (30) had asked Mr Canning to leave the pub because he was barred. When he was being escorted from the pub, he started to assault Mr Gallagher before hitting him with a glass on the side of the head.
Mr Canning had to be restrained by customers outside the pub until Gardaí arrived. Mr Gallagher received treatment for a wound which contained pieces of glass around the eye. Mr Canning had denied assault and claimed in court that he was the victim of an assault.
Following his release from custody Mr Canning offered €1,000 in compensation to Mr Gallagher which was donated to St Brendan’s Community Village.
Mr Brendan McDonagh, counsel for the defendant said that Mr Canning has become a ‘very different man’ from a year ago. He explained that he has met with a psychologist who he said was enormously helpful and helped Mr Canning realise his problems lie with alcohol.
Mr McDonagh said his client was an infrequent drinker but when he did it had a ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ affect on his personality.
He told Judge McCabe his client was now sober and realised the incident in Mulranny was entirely his own fault and he was embarrassed by it. He added Mr Canning was currently working as a machine driver and the risk of reoffending has been reduced from medium to low.
In sentencing Judge McCabe said he accepted that Mr Canning was taking steps to deal with his issues with alcohol and anger. He said he was placing the incident at a high scale and imposed 240 hours community service in lieu of a two-year prison sentence. Judge McCabe noted he was currently employed and required him to undertake five hours per week over a period of one year.