Friday 15 December 2017

Baby attacker jailed for hurley assault on man at his home

Larry Connors: burglary
Larry Connors: burglary

Gordon Deegan

CONVICTED baby beater Larry Connors (20) has been sentenced to a two-year jail term for an aggravated burglary.

At Ennis Circuit Court, Judge Carroll Moran imposed the sentence – suspending the final six months – after Mr Connors admitted aggravated burglary on March 12, 2011, at a home in Shannon, Co Clare.

In February of last year, Connors was jailed for three years for cruelty towards a 10-month-old baby boy.

Medics found that the baby boy suffered two broken forearms, a dislocated right elbow, a significant brain bleed, a bite mark to his right cheek, a burn mark from an iron to his calf and multiple bruising across his body when admitted to hospital on January 3, 2011.

The maximum sentence for the offence was seven years.

On sentencing, Connors was praised for his guilty plea and lack of previous convictions.

The DPP later appealed the sentence on the grounds that it was unduly lenient.

Brian McInerney, defending, told the court yesterday that a date has yet to be decided for the appeal hearing at the Court of Criminal Appeal.

Sgt Kevin O'Hagan told the court that the accused and his brother, James Connors (19), had gone to the Edward Harty's home armed with a hurley and hockey stick.

Sgt O'Hagan said the incident was sparked by a belief by James Connors that Mr Harty had been spreading rumours about him on the internet.

Detectives said that this claim was never substantiated.

Sgt O'Hagan said that James Connors was the more aggressive in the assault, but both men entered the house. He said both men attacked the victim with their weapons and their fists.

Sgt O'Hagan said Mr Harty was related to the two accused.

Mr McInerney said his client was beaten by his father as a child and "up to his early teenage years".

Judge Moran also imposed a two-year jail term on James Connors, suspending the final six months.

Irish Independent

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