Man who smashed up pub and attacked barman when confronted over stolen bikes avoids jail
A man who smashed up a pub and attacked a barman after the victim confronted him over stealing his bike has received a suspended jail sentence.
Craig Maloney (21) and an accomplice took the bikes belonging to two barmen in the George Bernard Shaw pub in Dublin city.
The barmen went looking for the stolen property in a nearby flats complex and found the men standing with the bikes.
They confronted the thieves but then fled back to the bar when Maloney jumped up and kicked one of them in the eye.
Maloney and his accomplice followed them to the bar. The attackers picked up large glass bottles and threw them around the pub before Maloney attacked one of the barmen with a barstool.
Maloney of Cashel Road, Crumlin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to theft and assault causing harm to Kevin Mangan at the Tom Kelly Flat Complex on November 25, 2011.
Maloney has several previous convictions for minor matters such as public order and road traffic offences.
Defence counsel James Dwyer BL said Maloney was a talented footballer but had to quit because he suffered from epilepsy. This led to him becoming involved in drunk and drugs. Counsel said his client wanted to apologise to all his victims.
Judge Karen O'Connor suspended a sentence of 18 months on condition he stay out of trouble. She said that if he did not take this chance she would jail him for the full term.
She noted that he had stayed out of trouble since his offending in 2011. She also noted that he had carried out charity work for a local hospice and had co-operated with the Probation Services.