A Carrick-on-Suir man who punched a 15-year-old youth in the face after demanding a bag of cocaine from him has been sentenced to do 200 hours community service in lieu of six months imprisonment.
Judge Terence Finn finalised the case against Cian Murphy of 60 St John's Terrace, Carrick-on-Suir at last Thursday's sitting of Carrick-on-Suir District Court after receiving an updated Probation Report on the defendant.
Defence solicitor Eamonn Hayes said his client was anxious to undertake community service as an alternative penalty.
Murphy pleaded guilty at Carrick Court last December to assaulting the 15-year-old youth at Kickham Street on August 22 last year.
The court was told that the victim was walking home when he came across Murphy who demanded a bag of coke from him. The youth didn't have anything like that on him. Murphy put him in a bear hug and when the youth broke free he struck the boy in the face twice. The teenager received medical treatment from his GP after the assault.