Men found armed with a wheelbrace and a hand saw jailed for assault
Four men who went into a pub armed with a wheel brace and a hand saw to beat up a man inside have each been jailed for two years.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that despite receiving serious injuries in the sustained assaults the victim refused to make any statement to gardaí.
The four Dublin men were identified through CCTV footage from the pub. They said little during garda interviews and the prosecutions were based on footage of the incident.
Graham Farrell (32) of St Attracta Road, Cabra, Christopher Waldron (33) of St Fintan Road, Cabra, his brother David Waldron (38) of Ratoath Road, and Mark Buckley (33) of Rathbourne Drive, Navan Road all pleaded guilty to violent disorder at Cabra House, Faussaugh Avenue on August 16, 2013.
Judge Martin Nolan described the incident as “intentional, premeditated and in no way spontaneous.”
He said he didn’t know what the victim had done to the men, but that they “took the law into their own hands in an organised and premeditated way.”
Garda Peter Kenny gave evidence that the four men arrived at the pub in two cars driven by David Waldron and Buckley.
David Waldron took a handsaw from the boot of his car and handed it to his brother while Buckley handed a steering wheel brace to Farrell.
The four men then entered the pub and walked to the back bar. The four men attacked the victim and chased him out of the pub where they continued to beat him after knocking him to the ground.
During the attack, Buckley threw a pint glass at the victim and then punched him. He picked up a bar stool and hit the victim with it while he was on the ground. The stool was broken up into three pieces by the end of the assault.
Christopher Waldron attacked the victim inside the pub with the handsaw. He continued to hit him with the saw outside the pub, striking him repeatedly across the head and body until he fell to the ground.
The detective said that David Waldron grabbed a pint glass and used it in the attack. He also picked up a bar stool and chased the victim with it before throwing it at his head.
Outside the pub he punched the victim until he fell to the ground and then continued to kick and stamp on him.
Farrell is seen on the CCTV footage raising the wheel brace above his head when the victim is on the ground. When the victim tries to escape from the pub Farrell threw the tool at him.
Colm O'Briain BL, defending David Waldron, said that the attack was a result of bad blood between his client and the victim. He said earlier that evening the victim had showed up at his client's family home where his wife and four children live.
He has eight previous convictions including one for drug dealing in 2001. He is currently working in construction including working on Irish Water contracts for the last nine months.
Counsel said his client had brought €2,000 to court as a token of remorse to the victim.
John Byrne BL, for Buckley, said that his client, who suffers from Tourette’s syndrome, was sorry for his part in the attack. He said in the past he has raised €12,500 for the “Dogs for the Disabled” charity and he also volunteered to renovate the home of a local man living alone in poor conditions.
Counsel said that this was a case where the accused men might have expected some reaction from the victim’s companions and Judge Nolan asked if it was the case that they had expected “a faction fight”.
The court was told that Christopher Waldron is currently working as a tiler. His 43 previous convictions include two for assault and one for drug dealing in 2001.
Farrell is a qualified panel beater who worked for six years before suffering a serious injury.