Man jailed after unprovoked bottle attack leaves victim housebound

A 27-year-old man has been jailed for three years for an unprovoked attack where he fractured a man’s skull so badly with a vodka bottle that his victim now has to stay indoors with the blinds down because he suffers migraines due to light sensitivity.

Estonian, Jaanus Poldme, who grew up in Castletownbere but now is of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to landscape gardener, Kieran Murphy (30) at the Square in Castletownbere in west Cork on April 2nd, 2017.

Garda Martin Hegarty told the court that Mr Murphy was helping out with a Tidy Towns clean up of Castletownbere and was walking to his van at about 5pm on the day in question when without any warning, Poldme came up behind him and smashed a three quarter full vodka bottle across his head.

Poldme was arrested at the scene and taken to Bantry Garda station for questioning where he made full admissions to his involvement in the assault but could give gardaí no reason for the attack on Mr Murphy which was seen by a number of witnesses and captured on CCTV.

In his victim impact statement, Mr Murphy told how he had finished up his volunteer work with the Tidy Towns group and was walking to his van when Poldme walked up behind and without cause or warning, hit him with a two litre vodka bottle.

“I was knocked unconscious and when I regained consciousness two minutes later, I found myself lying in a pool of blood, surrounded by a group of…

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