180 hours community service for Donegal man following assault charge

June 24, 2018

A Donegal man has been ordered to pay €4,000 to the victim of an assault and given a total of 180 hours of community service.

Wesley McKnight (24), with addresses in Milford and Muff, was sentenced for incidents in June, 2014 and October 2016.

McKnight punched a Honda Civic belonging to Raymond Murray in June 2014, causing €250 worth of damage. McKnight, Letterkenny District Court heard, had a previous conviction from October 2015 of assault causing harm to the same injured party.

McKnight said he did not have the €250 in court as he was not presently working.

“It’ll be August or September,” he told the Court.

Judge Paul Kelly, noting that the injured party had been out the money for ‘a considerable length of time’, fined McKnight €200, giving him four months to pay and also imposted a compensation order of €250, giving him eight months to pay.

For an incident in October 2016, McKnight wads charged with criminal damage and assault.

On the criminal damage charge, McKnight was handed 40 hours of community service and a compensation order of €293 imposed, in lieu of two months imprisonment.

McKnight was also given 60 hours of community service, in lieu of three months imprisonment for a section two assault charge.

For an assault on Rebecca Ward on the same day, McKnight was given 80 hours of community service, in lieu of four months in prison while Judge Kelly made a compensation order of €4,000, giving McKnight 12 months to pay.


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