The late Patsy 'Bud' Kelly
The sentencing of Paul Gill for the serious assault of 58 year-old Naas man, Patsy ‘Bud’ Kelly, who later died, has been adjourned until next Monday, December 17.
At Dublin Circuit Court yesterday, Judge Melanie Greally heard how Mr Gill had assaulted Mr Kelly, who did not fight back. The defendant was found not guilty of the manslaughter of Mr Kelly but he pleaded guilty to assaulting him.
Today the judge also heard victim impact statements from the Kelly family on how the death of their brother had affected them, and details of the difficult childhood of Paul Gill, who lost his father at the age of nine and was brought up by a schizophrenic mother.
Patsy’s brother, Brendan said of August 22 2015, the day his brother died.
“I felt it was a dream. I pretended it did not happen. It was the day my life changed forever.”
He continued: “I thank God mam and dad were not here.”
My mother had lost a child and Patsy was “my mother’s special boy,” he said.
“I apologise to him (Patsy) for not being there when he needed me although I know he would say it is ok. I miss him every day.”
Brendan’s sister, Carmel was heartbroken by Patsy’s death.
“I can’t sleep at night. I feel so guilty I could not have helped him.”
Her sister, Bernadette, on behalf of other family members, said “August 22 2015 is etched in our hearts. Patsy was kind, caring and extremely thoughtful. Patsy was never violent.”
“We still put a plate out for him with a candle and a photo at Christmas,” she said.
His death has left “deep scars” on the family.
She said Naas was no longer the town they grew up in and their trust in people is broken.
“No one has the right to take the law into their own hands,” she said.
Det Garda Enda Coleman, who investigated the assault summed up events, stating that Mr Gill (37) could not recall some of the events.
Mr Gill was represented by solicitor, Cairbre Finan, and counsel, Karl Hanahoe BL and Seamus Clarke SC,
Gda Coleman told prosecuting counsel, Orla Crowe SC, Mr Gill had assaulted Mr Kelly and Mr Kelly’s friend, Martin Curtis, a neighbour of Mr Gill, (who did not make a victim impact statement to the Court).
He agreed 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.
His relative, Mr Kelly said he is 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 Clarke said Mr Gill would have to live with the consequences of Mr Kelly’s death.
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.
The Court was told how there was a background to the incident and the Sarto Road residence of Mr Gill was now empty. Judge Greally declined a request from Mr Clarke to adjourn sentence until after Christmas, opting for next Monday, instead.