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Jail for causing head injuries

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

A KEADY man who threw a rock through a car windscreen causing its driver severe head injuries, has been sentenced to three years in jail.
At Newry Crown Court on Thursday, James Tomany of Crossmore Gardens faced charges of common assault, grievous bodily harm, and three counts of criminal damage endangering life.
At an earlier appearance the court heard that on February 12, 2012, the injured party along with two friends, had been driving past Tomany, when he threw a rock which hit the driver, causing the car to crash.
Defence said Tomany, who had been drinking at the time of the incident, had misjudged the speed of the car, believing the rock wouldn't hit it.
The 29-year-old admitted his role in the incident to police, with defence saying he was "entirely frank and co-operative in interview".
Previously the investigating officer told the court that the injured party will suffer the consequences of the severe facial and head wounds he sustained for years to come.
On Thursday, after taking into consideration pre-sentence and police reports, Judge Kevin Finnegan QC said he was led to believe Tomany poses "serious risk of harm to the public in future".
Judge Finnegan gave credit to Tomany for his early guilty pleas but said he needed to impose a sentence adequate to protect the public.
Sentencing Tomany to three years in jail followed by four years on licence, Judge Finnegan said: "You will be released in three years, or possibly earlier, followed by four years on licence - whether this results in further imprisonment depends on you."
Addressing the families of the victims, Judge Finnegan said: "No sentence of the court could undo the events of February 12, but hopefully this brings some closure."

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