A man who launched a vicious and unprovoked attack on his then girlfriend’s uncle after forcing his way into the victim’s house has been jailed for four months.
Barry Nolan (40) arrived at Michael Maguire’s home at 2.30am having been there earlier that evening. He was banging and roaring at the door and woke up the man.
When Mr Maguire answered the door and saw Nolan standing there he refused to let him in but Nolan said “You think you are going to stop me?” before he punched him and shoved past him.
Garda Brian Amerlynck told Antonia Boyle BL, prosecuting, that Nolan then punched the victim several times in the face, neck and head before he knocked him back into the sitting room.
He repeatedly shouted at the man “I am going to kill you” and continued to attack him, kicking him in the ribs and head.
The victim later told gardaí “I genuinely thought I was going to die” but he managed to grab his phone and dial 999.
When gardaí arrived Mr Maguire was standing at the door and his face and arms were cut. Nolan, who was sitting on the couch, was arrested but nothing came out of his interview.
Nolan of Thorn Chase, Old Skerries Road, Rush, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to burglary, making threats to kill or cause serious harm and assault causing harm on October 1, 2014.
Mr Maguire stated in a victim impact report that he didn’t want Nolan to go to jail but thought he should get help “for his drinking or anger or whatever made him do this to me”.
He said it really “shook me up” and he didn’t know why Nolan did it.
“I was only ever kind to him. I was in genuine fear that I was going to die. I never stood a chance. I am glad he stopped kicking me otherwise I would be dead,” Mr Maguire said in his statement.
He said he would like a new door as it was damaged during the incident and he wanted to get good locks fitted.
Judge Martin Nolan sentenced Nolan to two and half years but suspended all but four months of that sentence on strict conditions.
He described it as “a shameful incident” during which “for little or no reason” Nolan launched a vicious and unprovoked attack on the man, knocking him to the ground and kicking him.
Judge Nolan acknowledged that Nolan has an excellent work history and only minor previous convictions but said a custodial sentence was needed because of the “viciousness of the assault”.
Oisín Clarke BL, defending said his client cannot offer “any particular reason” for the assault as he doesn’t know what happened or why he did it.
He said Nolan acknowledges that “he consumed a huge amount of alcohol” that night and just lost it.
Mr Clarke said his client has since gone for psychotherapy to deal with his alcohol addiction and has not drank since January.
Nolan was 22 years old when he found his mother dead at his home. He started to suffer from depressions shortly afterwards, for which he is still on medication and later fell in with a peer group of heavy drinkers.
Counsel said his client was hampered from offering a fulsome apology to Mr Maguire because of his bail conditions but said he now wishes to express his remorse.
He had €3,500 in court as a token of that remorse for Mr Maguire which he hoped would allow him to repair his front door.
Nolan had been working with the same company for 17 years and Mr Clarke submitted that he is otherwise a productive member of society.