Cahersiveen man told to live on 'bread and tea'

Kevin Hughes

A CAHERSIVEEN man charged with three assaults in just 10 months has been told to live on "bread and tea" to raise cash for the injured parties.

Eoin Murphy (also listed in court records as Owen), of Laharn South, Cahersiveen, had offered just €50 per month to the court despite the fact that one of his alleged victims requires €10,000 in dental work.

The 18-year-old is charged with assault causing harm to Steponas Gudas at Fertha Drive on December 31, 2011, in an incident that resulted in the injured party losing consciousness after he was punched.

An assault at The Harp, Main Street on September 16, 2012, resulted in Shane Curran receiving dental damage, while he is also accused of an unprovoked attack from behind on Brian O'Sullivan at The Lane, Main Street, on October 28, 2012.

Mr Murphy has served two weeks in Cork Prison concerning the matters and during his most recent appearance at Cahersiveen Court, a further assault charge was eventually dropped.

Taking the stand, alleged victim Ben O'Shea said the parties had since talked the matter over and, as they had been friends a long time, they had decided to forget the matter and not to cause any trouble.

"Are you aware of the time and effort wasted on the matter," Inspector Aileen Magner asked to which Mr O'Shea replied: "I know that and I'm sorry".

Solicitor Gerry O'Connor said he client was now walking on egg shells, adding that he was "in a very vulnerable position".

"He has a lot of enemies I'd say and he'd want to call the gardaí if anyone threatens him," the solicitor added.

Asked about compensation for the three matters remaining, Mr O'Connor said the defendant was in the second year of a VTOS course and had moved out of home and was now paying rent in another property.

Offered €50 per month, Judge James O'Connor said the defendant was "laughing at the system", adding: "To be right he should be two years in jail and he's now saying €12.50 a week".

Judge O'Connor said it was time the defendant felt some pain financially and rejected an offer of €100 per month, setting the sum at €200 to be paid at Cahersiveen Garda Station monthly until the next adjournment.

"Even if he has to live on bread and tea let him do so," the judge added.