Jail for man who attacked Kildare publican and customers

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Jail for man who attacked Kildare publican and customers

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A 20 month jail sentence has been imposed on a man who assaulted a publican and two of his customers in a Castledermot pub.

Michael Connors (32), with address at 23 Caragh Road, Naas, and 25 Millbank, Sallins, was jailed for 10 months for assault at The Dales, Castledermot, on October 3 last.

He was also jailed for a consecutive 10 months for the theft of a Honda generator from Paul Cooke Auctions.

The court was told that he asked for more drink from the publican and became very aggressive and spat into one person’s face.

He bit the thumb of another customer trying to help restrain him. After being removed, he returned to break two windows. His solcitor, Tim Kennelly, said “drink and tablets” were the cause of the assaults and his client did not recall the incident.

He said Mr Connors tried to kill himself by drinking a bottle of brandy. “He was essentially crying for help,” said Mr Kennelly.

Mr Connors pleaded guilty to a number of other offences in addition to the two above, but was sentenced on them only.

One of the pub assault victims said of Mr Connors, “this guy was out to hurt someone.” Another said their night was “ruined.”

Another said the incident “scared the daylights” out of the publican, Jim Nolan.

“I felt he was out to kill,” said the victim referring to the defendant.

Mr Nolan said in his statement that he has been running the pub since 1971 and never encountered someone like that man.

“If he had a knife, one of us would have been killed,” he said.

Sentence

In imposing sentence, Judge Zaidan said that he was going order that Mr Connors have a full psychiatric asessement in prison.