Man hit uncle with beer can

Published 02/08/2014 | 00:00

A Bray man who hit his uncle over the head with a full can of beer was fined €500 and bound to the peace at Bray District Court last week.

Martin McCormack (22), 40 Wolfe Tone Square North, Bray, pleaded guilty to the charge of assault at Wolfe Tone Square North, Bray on September 14, 2013.

Inspector Jimmy McCarthy said McCormack was out drinking with his father on the day in question and they were watching football. McCormack said he had eight pints and bought some cans to bring home with him.

On his return home, he met his uncle and hit him over the head with a full can of Budweiser. He punched his uncle a number of times and knocked him to the ground where he kicked him.

The court heard McCormack was very intoxicated at the time and has one previous conviction for a public order offence.

Acting for McCormack, solicitor Joe Maguire said McCormack is 'very embarrassed' by the incident and said the matter arose over comments allegedly made by McCormack's uncle over the break-up of McCormack's parents' marriage.

Mr. Maguire said McCormack has since made peace with his uncle and is very remorseful. McCormack, he said, was a trained health professional but had lost his job over this incident. He is currently unemployed and living with his mother.

Mr. Maguire said McCormack is 'very fearful of the consequences of an assault conviction' and said McCormack had €150 compensation in court as a gesture.

Judge David Kennedy fined him €500 and bound him to the peace for one year in his own bond of €250. He directed that the compensation be paid to McCormack's uncle.

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