Castleisland men sentenced for assault which left man with permanent brain injury

Two Castleisland men have been sentenced to nine and three years for their roles in an assault which left a man with a permanent brain injury.

Last July, a jury found 25-year-old Sean Lane of 51 An Caisléan Mór, Castleisland guilty of assaulting Eamon Sheehy causing him serious harm in St Stephen’s Park, Castleisland on January 14th 2018.

He and his co-accused 20-year-old Jason Broderick, also known as Jason Keane-Broderick, of 49 St John’s Park, Castleisland, were also found guilty of producing an article capable of causing intimidation or injury, namely a baseball bat.

Tralee Circuit Court previously heard the accused men had been throwing stones at Eamon Sheehy’s house prior to the incident; Sean Lane used a baseball bat to knock a golf club from the victim’s hand before hitting him over the head a number of times.

Mr Sheehy’s mother said she could only recognise her son by a tattoo following the altercation.

A neighbour, Eileen Bartlett said she saw a man hitting another man, shouting at him to get up, then trying to pull him off the ground before dropping him; she heard his head hit off the ground.

Medical evidence showed the victim suffered a serious blunt injury to his head and significant violent force had been applied; he’s been left with a brain injury, has to be cared for, and can’t live alone.

Judge Tom O’Donnell said it was a brutal, savage, and sustained attack, and violence of this nature can’t be tolerated.

He sentenced Sean Lane to nine years for the assault, and three years for producing a weapon, to run concurrently, and backdated this to the 15th of January 2018.

He sentenced Jason Broderick to three years in jail, but suspended the last 12 months

Judge O’Donnell commended the work of the gardaí in Castleisland and Tralee, and the property owners who assisted in giving CCTV which proved pivotal in the case.