assaults on two men leads to jail sentence

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A 42-year-old who assaulted two men in unprovoked attacks has been jailed for three months.

Patrick Brian MacCarthy, of Pump Street, was convicted of two assaults after a contest at the local magistrates court last month.

The offences were committed in January and August, last year and involved two injured party’s.

CCTV was shown to the court of one of the assaults which occurred at an entrance to Foyleside Shopping Centre.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told Derry Magistrates Court MacCarthy has ‘all sorts of underlying issues’ including mental health problems.

He said these are not helped by ‘long standing addication issues’.

Jailing MacCarthy, District Judge Barney McElholm said he had shown ‘absolutely no remorse’ for the assaults. He also said the 42-year-old had told probation that the injured party’s had ‘completely fabricated’ the allegations.

The judge said the attack was ‘an unprovoked assault in apublic place and we just can’t have that’.

He also imposed a restraining order, which bans MacCarthy from harassing, pestering, molesting or assaulting one of the injured party’s. The judge told the defendant that he was also not allowed to encourage, instigate or instruct anyone else to do so.

Following an application by solicitor Mr Quigley, Judge McElholm agreed to release MacCarthy pending an appeal of the sentence.

The 42-year-old was released on his own bail of £750 and banned from contacting both injured party’s.