Trio sentenced for city centre assault on Galway man

A man who kicked and stamped on another man’s head between ten and 20 times has been jailed for four years.

Terence Cassidy (23), of Crawford Square, pleaded guilty to attempted grievous bodily harm with intent.

His co-accused 21-year-old Leon John Peter Browne and 25-year-old Kevin Browne, both of Hollymount Park, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The charges relate to an incident in the Diamond area of the city centre on December 2, 2011.

Derry Crown Court heard the injured party is from Galway and was visiting Derry for the first time when he was assaulted. A fight broke out between the injured party and the victim after he left the Metro bar, however it is not entirely clear why because everyone involved had consumed a ‘great deal’ of alcohol. The other two defendants then got involved.

CCTV footage of the incident showed Leon Browne on the ground at one stage with the injured party on top of him. While the injured party was lying ‘helpless’ on the ground, Leon Browne punched and kicked him to the head and stamped on him.

Kevin Browne had kicked and punched the injured party as he tried to get the victim off his brother. Once he was off the 25-year-old also kicked him in the face.

Cassidy kicked and stamped on the victim between ten and 20 times during the incident.

Sentencing the trio, Judge Philip Babington said the CCTV footage was ‘sickening and chilling’ to watch and it was fortunate the victim did not sustain more severe injuries.

Cassidy received a determinate sentence of four years, with two years spent in custody and two years spent on licence. Leon Browne received a sentence of 16 months also divided into custody and licence.

Kevin Browne received a 12 month jail term suspended for three years.