A Letterkenny man has pleaded responsible to the vicious assault of one other man within the city final yr.
John Sweeney was filmed assaulting the sufferer at Burnside Park, Letterkenny, on October 29, 2022.
Sweeney, who has an tackle at Burnside Residences, has been in custody for the final yr. He was introduced earlier than Letterkenny Circuit Courtroom this week to be formally arraigned earlier than Decide John Aylmer.
Sweeney spoke solely to plead responsible to a cost of assaulting Sloan Murphy and inflicting him hurt.
Barrister for Sweeney, Mr Peter Nolan BL, requested for the preparation of a probation and welfare report on Sweeney. Mr Nolan stated Sweeney has been working in jail and was described as being ‘an excellent prisoner’. He additionally requested for a governor’s report.
Decide Aylmer granted the appliance for each experiences and the matter was adjourned to the January sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Courtroom.
Sweeney’s mom, who was current in courtroom, stated ‘love you, son’ as he was led away by jail officers.
Footage of the incident was extensively circulated on the time.
Garda Detective Sergeant Johnny Sweeney beforehand informed Letterkenny District Courtroom that the assault was the worst he had seen in his 20 years of service.
Detective Sergeant Sweeney stated the accused man, who has 54 earlier convictions, was filmed “punching and kicking the sufferer a number of occasions repeatedly, and at one stage, working as much as him akin to kicking a soccer”.
Letterkenny man pleads responsible to vicious assault was final modified: October twenty fifth, 2023 by