Tralee Circuit Criminal Court has heard how a sudden and unprovoked single blow to the head has torn a Kerry family apart.
33 year old Thomas Bradley of Arabella, Ballymacelligott is charged with assault causing harm to his sister’s fiance.
Today’s sentencing hearing heard he entered a guilty plea on June 29th last year; Judge Tom O’Donnell adjourned sentencing in the case in order to reflect on the victim impact statement.
The court will fix a date for sentencing on April 3rd.
The assault occurred on the night of the drawn Cork Kerry Munster Final on July 5th 2015, on Milk Market Lane off Rock Street in Tralee.
The court heard the victim Adrian Scanlon was out socialising in Castleisland and Tralee after the match with his fiancé Aoife Bradley who is a sister of the accused.
They met up with the accused Thomas Bradley in Tralee.
At some point Mr Scanlon became separated for Thomas and Aoife Bradley, they found him after Aoife called him from her mobile.
Senior Counsel Anthony Sammon told the court that the blow was motivated by a man who was drunk and frustrated by the delay caused by Adrian Scanlon’s ‘wandering off’.
He said it was a single blow incident with the unfortunate addition of his head striking the pavement.
The court heard that CCTV footage showed the assault happened at 11.45pm.
Garda Stephen O’Brien said that was blood coming from the back of Adrian Scanlon’s head and there was a small pool of blood on the footpath.
Mr Sammon said Mr Bradley called the emergency services before he left the scene.
He was arrested on July 14th 2015, the day after Adrian Scanlon made his complaint to Gardaí after spending a week in hospital.
In his victim impact statement Mr Scanlon said he has no hearing in his left ear, he has no sense of taste or smell and that all food tastes the same.
The statement which was read in Court by the state’s barrister John O’Sullivan also said that he finds social situations difficult due to the hearing loss and family occasions are not the same.
He said he suffers physically but everyone else in his family suffers emotionally.
The court heard that Thomas Bradley is devastated by the results of the blow he struck and he never wanted any of this to happen.
Defence counsel Anthony Sammon asked that the Judge consider a non-custodial sentence.