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Thursday 19 October 2017

Friend left with brain injury after row over €5

Colm MacDonald
Colm MacDonald

A RETIRED painter has received a suspended prison sentence for punching an acquaintance, leaving him with serious brain damage following a row over €5.

Colm MacDonald (57) was seen throwing "haymaker" punches at Christopher Coakley. It was the prosecution case that the Mr Coakley suffered the injuries when he was punched and hit his head off the concrete footpath.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that a neurologist could not say for certain that all of Mr Coakley's problems came from the impact as he also had a serious alcohol problem which may have contributed to his cognitive issues.

Mr Coakley had to spend six months in hospital and a further 10 months in a rehabilitation centre before being sent home.

He continues to suffer serious affects from the attack and has had to start learning how to read and write again. He requires ongoing care and supervision.

MacDonald, a retired painter and decorator from Killarney Court, Killarney Street, Dublin pleaded guilty at to assault causing harm on Foley Street on August 9, 2013.

Garda Seamus Dalton told Derek Cooney BL that on the day before the assault both men were drinking in Mullet's Pub on Amiens Street when Mr Coakley said he was going to the shop. MacDonald gave him €5 to get him something but Mr Coakley never returned.

The next day MacDonald saw him in the pub and demanded his money back. There was a row and Mr Coakley threw a pint over the accused.

Mr Coakley left the pub and MacDonald followed him onto street and a row occurred.

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