A BIKER has been given a suspended five-year sentence and ordered to pay €10,000 to another biker who was seriously assaulted by members of the Outlaw Biker Club – an organisation described as "little more than a criminal enterprise" by a circuit court judge.
Tattooist Jeremy Berger (28), a native of Balbriggan in Dublin, who was living at Baile an Choiste, Castlegar, Galway, pleaded guilty at Galway Circuit Criminal Court last week to assaulting Paul McGuire at Bike Tech, Unit 1, Block 13, Ballybane Industrial Estate, Galway, on February 8, last year.
Mr McGuire (45) suffered a broken left ankle and leg and a broken right arm after four masked men, including the accused, all wearing biker gear with the Outlaw insignia on it, entered his shop and beat him with iron bars and a sock containing a belt buckle.
Berger sprayed pepper spray into Mr McGuire's eyes and, when he fell to the ground, the other three beat him up.
The accused was captured on the shop's CCTV pulling his mask off during the assault and he was identifiable by a distinctive dragon tattoo on his head.
Berger said he was trying to join the Galway Chapter of the Outlaw Bikers Club at the time and had been pressured to get involved in the beating.
He said he felt that it he didn't carry out the assault he would be assaulted himself.
Berger said this other member of the gang had orchestrated the attack, claiming the victim had not settled a debt and that the victim had threatened him and his family.
Investigating garda Pat Foley told the court last week that the Galway chapter of the Outlaw Biker Club disbanded after this assault came to light.
The victim has since moved to Canada to work and still lives in fear of the gang members.
Berger brought €3,625 into court last week as a token of his remorse but Judge Gerard Griffin adjourned sentence to yesterday, indicating that a total sum of €10,000 would have to be paid to the victim.
The sentence was suspended for five years on condition Berger pay another €6,375, to the victim by December 5 next year.