Friday 23 February 2018

Anger management course for teen in baseball bat attack

Declan Brennan

A teenager who attacked a man with a baseball bat as part of a family feud has been given a suspended sentence and ordered to complete an anger management course.

Corey Plunkett (19) swung a baseball at Fergal McNulty hitting him around the body and smashing the windows of his car.

The court heard the victim also has a conviction for a violent attack.

McNulty (43), a former bouncer and Sligo native, with Dublin addresses at Whitworth Road, Drumcondra and also Cois Cualann, Ballybrack was jailed last July after a jury convicted him of twice punching his former partner in the face using a sharp object. She was left with permanent and severe scarring.

Plunkett of Smyths Villas, York Road, Dun Laoghaire, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting McNulty causing him harm at Corrig Avenue, Dun Laoghaire on May 21, 2012.

He also admitted charges of criminal damage, producing a baseball bat in the course of a fight and to threatening and abusive behaviour during the same incident.

His father Stephen Plunkett (44) also of Smyths Villas, is due to be sentenced in October after he pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to McNulty on the same date.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring said Plunkett might be facing a much more serious charge if he had managed to hit McNulty across the head with the bat.

She said that she will give credit for his early plea of guilty and lack of any other convictions and imposed a three year sentence, suspended in full

Detective Garda Francis Howlin told James Dwyer BL, prosecuting, that before the assault Plunkett had cycled out in front of the car McNulty was driving. McNulty then decided to report this to gardai and drove to the local station.

The detective said Plunkett and his father were in a car following McNulty and gesturing at him to stop. Both cars stopped outside the garda station and Plunkett and his father got out carrying a baseball bat and a snooker cue.

They smashed the side and front windows of the car McNulty and his partner were in and began swinging the bat into the car. Plunkett was shouting: “I’ll kill you ya b******”.

McNulty got out of the car to run into the garda station and Plunkett raised the baseball bat with both hands to strike McNulty on his head. McNulty raised his arm and was hit across his arm and back.

The court heard that both parties have made a number of complaints each other and that these disputes were the result of difficulties between the Plunkett family and their first cousin who is McNulty’s partner.

Eoin Lawlor BL, defending, said his client was provoked into anger and does not have a general disrespect for law and order.

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