Drug dealing scumbag blinded victim with glass bottle

Central Criminal Court
Central Criminal Court

A man has been remanded in custody pending sentence for a serious assault which left the victim legally blind in his left eye.

Sean Kenny (24) hit Raphael Momoh (21) in the eye with a broken glass bottle which cut the victim's cornea and left him with noticeable scarring on his upper and lower eyelid. Mr Momoh would require a corneal transplant to restore his vision.

Kenny of Lourdes Road, Maryland, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Mr Momoh on Parkgate Street on January 29, 2013.

Kenny has 49 previous convictions including criminal damage, violent behaviour in a garda station and dangerous driving.

He is currently serving a sentence for drug dealing and violent disorder.

Lisa Dempsey BL, prosecuting, asked that the case be adjourned to allow her to get instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions as to where on the scale she believes this assault lies. Counsel said the maximum penalty available was life in prison.

Garda David Redmond said Mr Momoh was hit on the back of the head as he was walking towards Heuston Station having heard a voice calling him. He was punched to the face, stomach and chest before a passer-by intervened and pulled his attacker off him.

Mr Momoh crossed the road but two men continued to follow him gesticulating and shouting at him. He then recognised Kenny from an incident at a 21st birthday party the previous Saturday.

Kenny picked up a glass bottle, broke it off a nearby bin and swung it at Mr Momoh hitting him in the eye.

Mr Momoh collapsed and came to a few minutes later with a woman putting a scarf over his eye to stem the blood. He lost consciousness again and woke up in the ambulance.

Gardaí used CCTV footage, particularly from the Criminal Courts of Justice, statements from independent witnesses and Mr Momoh's identification to nominate Kenny as a suspect. He was arrested the following April in his girlfriend's family home but nothing came out of his subsequent interviews with gardaí.

Mr Momoh told Ms Dempsey that since the attack he felt different and was scared of making eye contact with people. He felt as though he was being looked at with “judging faces” and it had affected his relationship with friends.

He said sometimes when he tried to go to sleep he recollected the events of the night. When he looked up at anyone it caused him unbearable pain and his behaviour was “not right” since the assault.

Paul Greene SC, defending, said he would leave over his plea in mitigation on Kenny's behalf until the State confirmed the DPP's view. Judge Patricia Ryan adjourned the case to January 15, 2016.