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Man who assaulted Castlebar publican gets jail

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A MAN who kicked a bar owner in the face in Castlebar has been sentenced to three months in prison. James Kilbane, formerly of 53 Garryduff Drive, Castlebar, kicked bar owner Michael Moran in the face on August 9, 2015, and his then girlfriend, Tiffanny McGlynn, also formerly of 53 Garryduff Drive, punched the bar owner in the mouth, cutting his lip.
Castlebar District Court previously heard that when Mr Kilbane was asked to leave the pub, he did not comply and the assault took place. Mr Kilbane was directed to comply with the Probation Service but the court heard that he had missed three of his six scheduled appointments with the service, due to Storm Ophelia, an infection in his chest and an infection in his mouth.
Defending solicitor Dermot Morahan told the court that Mr Kilbane’s relationship with Ms McGlynn had deteriorated.
Judge Mary Devins said Mr Kilbane had ‘completely failed’ with the Probation Service and was not suitable for community service. She convicted him of the Section 2 assault on Mr Moran, sentencing him to three months in prison and fining him €200.
He was fined a further €200 for a Section 6 Public Order offence and received a concurrent two months in prison.
Meanwhile, Mr Kilbane’s ex-girlfriend was told that if she does not start cooperating with the Probation Service she would have to ‘face the consequences’. Ms McGlynn previously pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Michael Moran.
The court heard that McGlynn had also missed three of six appointments with the Probation Service. Ms McGlynn told the court Storm Ophelia was the reason for missing one appointment, and a hospital visit was another reason. The court heard that she was noted as being at ‘moderate risk’ of reoffending.
“I think you think you’re acting in a soap opera, and you play it well,” said Judge Mary Devins, adding: “You punched a pub owner and broke his teeth, you could face 12 months in prison.”
Ms McGlynn told the court she was ‘very remorseful’. Judge Devins put the matter back to May 16, 2018, for a final Probation Report.

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