Monday 19 August 2019

Victim feared he would be hit with wine bottle

A BRAY man subjected a man in his 50s to a frightening ordeal in Wexford town, Wexford District Court has heard.

Tiernan Stokes, with an address at 110 Oldcourt Avenue, Bray, appeared before Judge Gerard Haughton recently, charged with assaulting Joe Nevin; stealing a bottle of wine from Centra on North Main Street, Wexford, and being drunk in public.

He appeared in Bray the following week where Judge Murrough Connellan revoked the suspension of a threemonth sentence for a previous offence, with the sentence ' to take immediate effect.'

Garda Anne Marie Twomey said she received a complaint from Mr Nevin who had been walking up Wexford's Main Street at 8.30 p.m. when he bumped into Stokes as he passed the Centra shop.

Stokes became very aggressive towards him and wouldn't let him continue walking on, repeatedly blocking his path and 'getting in his face'.

'He was afraid he was going to be hit with the bottle of wine that Tiernan Stokes was holding,' Garda Twomey said.

Mr Nevin 'restrained' Stokes and took the bottle of wine from him, bringing it back into the shop. Stokes followed him into the shop, where he began hitting out at him.

The Gardaí later viewed CCTV footage of the incident and it was then they realised that the bottle of wine Stokes was holding had been stolen from Centra.

Garda Twomey said the injured party is in his mid50s and was very shocked and upset by the incident.

Stokes also faces a charge in relation to another incident in Wexford town, where on December 7, 2010, he was identified on CCTV as one of two suspects who smashed the window of Murphy's Chemist on North Main Street.

The window cost €750 to replace and Stokes and his counterpart also took €250 worth of stock.

Judge Haughton heard that Stokes has 13 previous convictions, including one assault and four thefts.

He also heard that he had been given a suspended sentence at Bray District Court and so had to be returned there so that matter could be considered before the Wexford matters are finalised.

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