A Castlebar man who assaulted two women in the town ten years ago finally appeared before court to face the charges, ten years later.
Colin Conaty (33), originally of 32 Riverdale Court, Castlebar, but now living in Manchester, was before Castlebar District Court on Wednesday last in relation to the assaults in November 2008.
On Linenhall Street, Castlebar on the night of November 14, 2008, Conaty head-butted Nadine Hughes and punched Orla McLoughlin in the face.
The evidence was heard in Conaty’s absence in 2009. He was convicted by Judge Mary Devins, and a bench warrant was issued.
The court was told in 2009 that on the night in question a friend of Ms Hughes and Ms McLoughlin asked Conaty for a cigarette. The court heard that he took exception to this, and that when Ms Hughes told him to move on, he head-butted her and thumped Ms McLoughlin in the face.
Last Wednesday, Conaty told the court he is married with two children in Manchester. He said that at the time of the court case in 2009, he was in Manchester and that he did not return to Ireland because he and his partner were saving to get married the following February.
He said he was home at Christmas 2017 and knew the case was ‘hanging over’ him, so he went to the gardaí and told them he was home.
He told the court that he did not head-butt Ms Hughes but may have ‘clipped’ her as he tried to walk by her. He did not deny hitting Ms McLoughlin.
He said he would like to apologise to the two women.
Judge Deirdre Gearty noted that neither woman was in court, stating ‘they’ve moved on’. She convicted Conaty on each charge of assault and fined him €500 in total.