Three years for mid-Kerry man for ‘savage’ assault on friend

A mid-Kerry man who delivered what was described as a series of ‘savage and unprovoked’ blows to the face of a friend and distant cousin has received a three-year jail sentence. Tralee Courthouse 40 year-old Anthony O’Mahoney of 16 Iveragh Park, Killorglin pleaded guilty to assaulting Jack Scannell at 38 An Bhainseach, Killorglin on February 11th, 2014. Tralee Circuit Court was told the accused had a problem with alcohol and anger management. On the day in question, the court heard, Anthony O’Mahoney had consumed a bottle of whiskey. He and Jack Scannell had a disagreement on the phone over who was invited to a birthday party. Mr O’Mahoney proceeded to the home of Mr Scannell where he beat him around the head in what Judge Tom O’Donnell described as a savage and severe assault which took place in front of the victim’s wife. Jack Scannell sustained fractures to his face and eye sockets. He died two months later from separate complications and a post mortem found nothing to link his death to the assault. Judge O’Donnell said that Anthony O’Mahoney had made an early admission of guilt and an early plea of guilty; he had shown genuine remorse and was co-operative with gardaí. But he said that Mr Scannell had been subjected to a barrage of blows in a pre-meditated attack. He sentenced Anthony O’Mahoney to three years in jail with the last 12 months suspended provided he keep the peace for four years on release and be supervised by the Probation Service for 12 months.