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Thursday 24 April 2014

Man jailed for 'glassing' stranger

A CARLOW MAN has been sentenced to three years with the final 18 months suspended for assaulting a stranger and leaving him with significant facial scars.

James Kehoe (30) threw a glass in Mark Connolly's face at Horans Bar in Baltinglass, Wicklow, on St, Patrick's Night, 2010.

He was convicted by a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury last November having initially pleaded not guilty to assaulting Mr Connolly causing him harm and to intentionally or recklessly causing him serious harm at Horan's Bar, Main Street, Baltinglass.

He claimed throughout his trial that he had acted in self defence after Mr Connolly had been aggressive towards him.

Kehoe of Raheendoran, Carlow, who delivers bottled gas in the local area, also denied a charge of assaulting James Gahan causing him harm on the same date and in the same place.

The jury found Kehoe not guilty of assaulting Mr Gahan and acquitted him of causing Mr Connolly serious harm on the fifth day of the trial.

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