The late Patsy 'Bud' Kelly
Paul Gill, the man who pleaded guilty to the serious assault of 58 year-old Naas man, Patsy ‘Bud’ Kelly, who later died, has been sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment.
Judge Melanie Greally passed sentenced at the Dublin Circuit Court this morning. She did not suspend any of the sentence.
Mr Gill, Sarto Road, Naas, was represented by solicitor, Cairbre Finan, and counsel, Karl Hanahoe BL and Seamus Clarke SC. He was found not guilty of the manslaughter of Mr Kelly but had pleaded guilty to assaulting him.
At an earlier hearing on December 11, Gda Coleman, who investigated the matter, told prosecuting counsel, Orla Crowe SC, that Mr Gill had assaulted Mr Kelly and Mr Kelly’s friend, Martin Curtis, a neighbour of Mr Gill. It followed complaints about late night drinking and anti-social behaviour at a nearby house for several years.
The court heard that Mr Kelly had difficulties in life, including with alcohol and that he was very well known and well liked in Naas.
Mark Kelly, a relative of Mr Gill, said he and his wife looked after Mr Gill and his brother, Gerry (who died in a traffic accident when he was 16). Their father died when Mr Gill was 9 years old, and they had a difficult upbringing due to their mother’s mental illness. Mr Gill, from the Aran Islands, did a fishing apprenticeship and later worked in construction.
Mr Gill was described as a hard worker who never relied on the State. He married Laura in 2012 and they have five children, but he had to miss the birth of two of them because he was late getting to hospital on account of his new address. Bail conditions kept him out of Naas and it was difficult for his wife and children.
Mr Gill has a previous conviction for a public order offence from June 2003 and another for an assault in March 2000 when he was ordered to pay over €2,000 compensation.