Thug who attacked dying Pole was on bail
Published 20/05/2010 | 05:00
A 21-year-old man with 75 previous convictions was out on bail when he attacked one of two Polish mechanics who were murdered by another man with blows to the head from a screwdriver.
Sean Keogh, a father of one, was sentenced to four years in prison yesterday for kicking Pawel Kalite in the head, seconds after the Polish man had been stabbed through the skull.
Mr Kalite and his flatmate Mariusz Szwajkos were murdered by David Curran (19), of Lissadel Green in Drimnagh, Dublin. He is now serving life for the double murder.
Earlier this month, a jury acquitted Keogh, of Vincent Street West in Inchicore, of murdering the two men on February 23, 2008 outside their home on Benbulben Road, Drimnagh.
Keogh pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Mr Kalite. The charge had been put to him just before the jury began its deliberations at the end of a three-week trial.
Yesterday, the Central Criminal Court heard that Keogh had 75 previous convictions.
Det Gda William Ryan said that on May 26 last year Keogh was sentenced to five years for two counts of endangerment.
He also received a five-year sentence for criminal damage, three years for the unauthorised taking of a vehicle and six months for driving without insurance, with his driving without a licence being taken into consideration.
He was banned from driving for seven years for dangerous driving. All sentences were concurrent, with the last two years suspended.
Det Gda Ryan explained that Keogh got bail on these charges on August 30, 2007 and was out of prison when he kicked a dying Pawel Kalite in the head.
Mr Justice Liam McKechnie said Keogh and others accompanied a screaming David Curran to the house where the two Poles lived and that Keogh knew Curran had a screwdriver.
The judge noted that after Keogh had seen David Curran stab Pawel Kalite, he delivered "a vicious kick" to the head.
"It showed a deep and sickening sense of personality to which society should not be exposed. On any level, it was pure thuggery.
"If he's capable of doing this sort of thing, what else is he capable of doing?"
He noted a number of factors put forward by the defence as mitigation, including the evidence by the partner and mother of Keogh's child, Sarah Adams, who told the court that she and their three-year-old daughter visited Keogh in jail each week.
"I wonder what regard he had for (the baby) then," the judge asked.
"I wonder why he wasn't at home then looking after his daughter of nine months. I suspect she is wondering the same."