Tuesday 14 August 2018

Father and son get suspended sentences for 'vicious and unprovoked' attack outside south Dublin pub

The case was brought before the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court
The case was brought before the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Sarah-Jane Murphy

A Dublin father and son with previous assault convictions both received suspended sentences for a “vicious and unprovoked” attack on two men outside a pub.

The court heard that both victims, a bar worker and a customer, required hospital treatment after the violent incident.

Noel Parsons (54) of Brookdene, Shanganagh Road, Killiney, and his son Craig Parsons (22), of Ballyogan Green, Carrickmines, both pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Brady's Pub, Shankill, Co Dublin on May 13, 2012.

Sentencing the defendants today, Judge Patrick Quinn described the attacks on William Kelly, a bartender at Brady's Pub in Shankill, and Ronan Mulcahy, a customer, as “vicious and unprovoked”.

The court heard that the defendants had recently lost a very close family member to a heroin overdose and were drinking in the pub when a row arose about an unfinished pint that was cleared away.

The altercation between the defendants and the bar worker spilled out to the roadside, leaving Mr Kelly with a bleeding bite to his left arm, which, Judge Quinn said, caused him excruciating pain.

Mr Mulcahy was leaving the pub when he saw the fight and intervened, coming to Mr Kelly's assistance.

He was punched and kicked by the defendants, and required six stitches to his forehead following the incident.

Cathal McGreal BL, defending Noel Parsons, told the court that the father-of-four was in a bad place on the night of the incident, describing him as a non-drinker who was drinking.

He said his client suffered from diabetes and depression and had suffered two strokes this year.

Mr McGreal said Noel Parsons, who previously worked as a groundsman at Croke Park, had brought €800 to court by way of compensation for the victims.

Sentencing this defendant, Judge Quinn noted his various “debilitating” medical conditions and the fact he was grieving at the time of the assault.

He referred to a letter provided by the mother of the defendant's children, wherein she said they love him and call him “The King.”

Judge Quinn sentenced him to two years in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered that he pay €800 in compensation to the victims.

Justin McQuade BL, defending Craig Parsons, handed in character reference given by a manager at Donnybrook Fair, where his client had worked for the past four years.

Sentencing Craig Parsons, Judge Quinn said the defendant may not have been involved in the altercation if his father had not initiated it.

He noted that the Craig Parsons, a father-of-one, was on a two year suspended sentence for assault at the time he committed this offence.

However, he said the defendant had not come to garda attention in the five years since this incident, had recently buried his brother and was still a young man.

Judge Quinn described the testimonial from his employers as “a glowing report”.

He also referred to a letter handed into the court by Craig Parson's fiancée, and noted she described him as “kind, honest and loving.”

Judge Quinn sentenced him to 18 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months and ordered that he pay the €2,000 he had brought to court to the victims.

He remarked that the suspended sentence was on the basis that the defendant never come before the court again.

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