A 44-year-old man has been sentenced to five years in prison for a blow attack that has made him aware of "catastrophic" injuries throughout his life.
Appearing before Judge Francis Comerford at the District Court in Roscommon to be convicted, Arturas Sakurskis, addressing Warren Avenue, Sycamore Crescent, Boyle, previously pleaded to seriously attack Gintautas Motiejunas in the early hours of February 6, 2017 , at Erris Bay, Boyle.
Both men are originally from the same city in Lithuania.
The attack resulted in a severe, life-threatening injury that caused the victim to be sent to the hospital where he was in a coma for a week and a half and the doctors said that Mr Motiejunas was lucky to be alive.
A 43-year-old 43-year-old father was a very active man who loved outdoors and fished and worked as an electrician.
He lived in Ireland since 2003 and hoped to open his own business.
Mister. Motiejunas was unlikely to ever make a full recovery and needed help for daily activities, the court said.
Now in a nursing home, he needed a wheelchair, was deaf to an ear and had paralysis on the left side of the body, he heard the court.
He also suffered from cognitive and emotional difficulties as a result of the attack.
The court heard that the two men drank at home and ate a large amount of vodka.
An eyewitness told the guard that the men who had known themselves for ten years spoke and laughed at the kitchen table.
However, around four o'clock in the hour of "some mess" between the two men, High Councilor John Shortt said, and Sakurskis gave a unique blow to Mr. Motiejunas' head.
After that, Mr. Motiejunas crashed, and Sakurskis had a cigarette and went home.
Guard Investigation Michael Dwyer, who arrived at the scene shortly after the incident, found Mr Motiejunas on the floor of the kitchen, bleeding from his ear with bumps on the right side of his face and head.
He agreed with Mr Shortt that alcohol was a major stinging agent. When he was arrested and taken to the post on short notice, Sakurskis said he had no recollection of the incident.
Mister. Shortt said his client, a second father, expressed his absolute sorrow for the assault and received a € 5,000 compensation as a symbolic gesture.
He also highlighted the client's culpable reason as a mitigating factor.
Garda Dwyer read the victim's impact statements on behalf of the daughter and sister of Mr Motiejunas and her mother, who traveled from Lithuania for the hearing.
The family said their life was turned upside down by the attack on their "loved, smiling" relatives, and things would never be the same. They shed "endless tears" on what happened.
The condemned judge, Comerford, said the evil that was done was catastrophic and that nothing in the courtroom would invalidate it.
While the attack was not premeditated or prolonged, it fell into a larger range of crimes as a footstroke was calculated to cause brain damage, he said.
He has served eight and a half years in prison, suspending the last three and a half years, provided that Sakurskis is subject to oversight of the probation service and to follow all his instructions, particularly with regard to addiction problems.
The sentence was returned to take into account the five and a half months already served.
He also ordered the victim to be compensated.