Jailed for stamping on man’s head

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

A 27-year-old who stamped on a man’s head in a ‘sickening’ assault has been jailed for four months.

Emmett John Peter Meenan, of Ballymagowan Park, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour on November 22, last year.

Meenan was initially charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm. However, the injured party did not make a statement of complaint and the 27-year-old pleaded guilty to the lesser charge.

Derry Magistrates Court heard Meenan was involved in an altercation with the injured party outside Earth nightclub.

The man ran across the road, stumbled and fell in the middle of the road. Meenan then ran over and stamped on the injured party’s head.

It was revealed the injured party was unconscious after this and had to be carried over to the footpath.

CCTV of the incident was shown to the court.

Meenan attended the police station and claimed he had no memory of the incident. He claimed he was told about it by his wife, who had seen a message on a social networking site about it.

The 27-year-old identified himself on the CCTV footage and accepted his behaviour was dangerous.

Defence counsel Eoghan Devlin told the court this was an ‘appalling incident’ and the CCTV footage played to the court was ‘sickening’.

He said Meenan is a ‘very troubled man’ who has ‘struggled to find any reason for his actions’ on this night.

The barrister said the 27-year-old wished to apologise to the injured party for his behaviour and said his client’s remorse is genuine.

Jailing Meenan, District Judge Peter King said “if I was to sentence you in any way other than immediate custody this court could not claim to have the confidence of this community’.

He added that to attack someone in this way is ‘completely unacceptable’.