A woman has told Tralee Circuit Criminal Court how her dream wedding turned into a nightmare when she and members of her family were brutally assaulted by three men at a stag party.
The woman and three members of her family had been celebrating her wedding in a Tralee pub when they were viciously assaulted.
63-year-old Raymond Williams and his 23-year-old son Shane of 15 Greenmount Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick, and their neighbour, 24-year-old John O’Donoghue of 5 Greenmount Avenue, all pleaded guilty to violent disorder at Pembroke Street, Tralee on July 14th, 2013.
In her victim impact statement that was read out in court, the woman said she still suffers nightmares and a lot of pain.
She suffered a fractured nose and cheek bone and severe bruising to her body when she was repeatedly kicked and punched outside the Greyhound Bar.
The woman, her sister, brother and brother-in-law were assaulted outside the pub when they were set upon by a number of men, including the three accused.
The incident followed a fracas in the pub earlier the night when a misunderstanding had arisen between the wedding group and two men from the stag party, who were then ejected from the premises.
Garda John Gilmartin told the court the two men then rejoined their party at ‘Joe’s Place’ and assembled a crowd that gathered outside the Greyhound Bar.
When the injured party was leaving, they heard shouts of ‘there they are’ and they were assaulted by men wearing identical tshirts bearing the words, ‘Paddy’s Stag’.
Although nine people were arrested, only three have appeared before the court.
Judge Thomas E O’Donnell said he wanted to emphasise to the bride it wasn’t her fault, and she should not be carrying the burden of guilt for what happened to her and her family.