An Horrific Assault on a Pensioner, then to Stamp on his head several times, this “thug” should have got 20 years in Prison? Law and Order is Breaking down all over Ireland, too many Assaults?

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Violent thug who viciously attacked 73-year-old in brutal 14-minute assault is jailed

Jonathan O’Driscoll (31) of Coolcower House, Macroom pleaded guilty to assault causing serious harm to Christy O’Callaghan

Christy O’Callaghan has been critically ill after being attacked in Macroom (Picture from Cork Courts)

A violent thug who viciously assaulted a 73-year-old man in a brutal 14 minute attack has been jailed for 13 years.  

Christy O’Callaghan from Macroom, Co Cork is well known in the world of greyhound racing and trained a number of winners of the Irish Laurels in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

He was left in a critical condition at Cork University Hospital following the assault on March 21st, 2019.

Jonathan O’Driscoll (31) of Coolcower House, Macroom pleaded guilty to assault causing serious harm to Christy O’Callaghan at Sleaveen East, Macroom on that occasion.

On Tuesday, O’Driscoll was jailed for 15 years with the last two years suspended for the attack, which left the victim so badly injured that he is unable to live independently.

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Det Garda Alan O ’Sullivan said Mr O’Callaghan was sitting in his car in a car park shortly before midnight on March 21st, 2019 when O’Driscoll dragged him from his vehicle and started stomping on his head.

He said that O’Driscoll, who the court heard had been released from hospital following a psychotic episode, dragged the pensioner from the car and threw him around around like a “rag doll.”

Cork Circuit Criminal Court heard it was a vicious and sustained assault which lasted for 14 minutes.

The entire incident was captured on CCTV. No explanation was given for the assault and the parties were not known to each other.

Members of the public raised the alarm and when gardai arrived at the scene they found Mr O’Driscoll cradling Mr O’Callaghan.

Det Garda O’Sullivan said that O’Driscoll “stomped” O’Callaghan on the top of his head a number of times.

“He kicked him when he was in a lifeless position.”

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Mr O’Callaghan incurred serious injuries included a bilateral scalp laceration, fractures to his facial bones, extensive soft tissue damage, fracture of the ribs, a collapsed lung and sub dural haematoma. Following extensive hospital treatment he is now being cared for in a long term care facility.

Det Garda O’Sullivan said that Mr O’Callaghan will “never be right again.” He needs the assistance of two nurses to walk. The pensioner is very frustrated arising out of the ruination of his life.

In a victim impact statement Christy O’Callaghan said that prior to the crime he led a “nice life.”

“I enjoyed working with greyhounds and attended the greyhound track twice a week. I had made a lot of good friends through the dogs.

Since I was so badly assaulted my life has totally changed. I have been in hospital since and I have not been home. Nobody will ever know half of what I suffered.

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Aside from the physical injuries and pain, the loneliness of lying here in my hospital bed is terrible altogether. Sometimes I wish I was dead.

You (O’Driscoll) took away my basic human rights. I cannot go to the toilet on my own. I have to be taken by a nurse who is normally female, which to me is embarrassing and degrading. I do not think I will be left home unaccompanied again. This breaks my heart.”

Barrister Siobhan Lankford, defending, said her that client was from a difficult background and suffered with anxiety and depression.

She said that two weeks before the incident O’Driscoll had a psychotic incident and went to a hospital.

He was discharged after four days even after he told staff that he didn’t want to be released as he felt too unwell.

She said that the father of one had worked for a period as a PVC manufacturer and labourer and was in no trouble with gardai from 2009 to 2016.

She made an appeal for leniency given the signed plea and co operation of her client.

Judge Sean O’Donnabhain said that it was an “extraordinarily vicious and unprovoked assault.”

He emphasised that that the life of the pensioner was now a “living hell.”

Taking the viciousness and the continuity of the assault he jailed Mr O’Driscoll for 15 years suspending the last two years of the sentence.

Judge O’Donnabhain said that O’Driscoll had feared that he would do harm but was released from hospital.

However, he said there was no excuse for the “sustained, deliberate and prolonged violence.”

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