Friday 17 November 2017

Defendant asks for pay for Community Service


WHEN Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla asked a defendant charged with assaulting a man with an ashtray if he would be willing to do community service, he replied: 'Are you paying me?'

Philip Robinson, 32, The Faythe was before Wexford District Court charged with trespass on a building and assaulting William Murphy at the Wren's Nest on March 22.

Superintendent Kevin Gralton said gardai received a call that a man was trespassing in the car park at the Wren's Nest and going in and out of sheds at the rear of the premises.

When he was confronted, he grabbed an ashtray and hit Mr. Murphy several times with it before being restrained.

The defendant insisted in court that he only hit him once.

Asked by Judge O Buachalla if he was working, he replied that he wasn't. 'If you hear of anything, let me know,' he said.

The Judge postponed the case to 2p.m. in the afternoon and at that point asked the defendant if he would do community service.

'Are you paying me,' enquired the defendant and when the Judge gave him a stern look, he added: 'All right, I'll do it.

Judge O Buachalla then said he would call the case later.

At the conclusion of the rest of the court list, he fined the defendant a total of €450 and ordered him to enter a bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for one year.

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