Athy court house
A man who was before Athy District Court on Tuesday, April 9 for assaulting two women after a 60th birthday party was fined €1,600.
Dean Kelly, 27, Fortbarrington, Athy came to the attention of gardai on December 2, 2017 at 1am outside Madden's Pharmacy. The two injured parties were out celebrating a 60th birthday when Mr Kelly approached them over alleged derogatory comments they made about a family member to his girlfriend.
The court heard that Mr Kelly grabbed one of the women, who are both aunts of his long term girlfriend, by the neck and he pushed the other to the ground.
He has no previous convictions and the incident was described in court as being 'out of character' for him.
The court heard that the comments made reference to the defendant's father's alcoholism and his mother leaving the family as a result.
His father, who took the stand, told the court that his son had suffered as a result of his addiction to alcohol adding that his son became his 'minder, jailer and everything' when his wife left and he was drinking heavily. He said that is a recovering alcoholic and that his drinking would have affected his son in a 'bad way'.
The victims were not in court however a victim impact statement was handed into Judge Desmond Zaidan.
This was not shared with the court on the request of the victims.
The defendant, who had mental health difficulties in the past and is on medication for anxiety, apologised in court saying that he was a 'disgrace'.
He said he had €1,000 for each victim as a gesture of his remorse rather than compensation for his actions and this was handed over to gardai in court to give to them.
He was given six months to pay his fines.