Circuit Court told “no happy ending” for Leitrim tradesman left wheelchair-bound after pub assault

The brother of a man left wheelchair bound following an assault in a Leitrim pub more than three years ago has said there is no happy ending to his brother’s situation.

Trevor Hunt made his comments as he gave Leitrim Circuit Court an update on the condition of Kevin Hunt who can now barely write his own name after the incident in December 2015.

The court heard that Kevin Hunt suffered “catastrophic injuries” after he was assaulted by John McDonagh in Little Glancy’s pub in Carrick-on-Shannon.

The 52 year-old father of four who was previously described as “a genius” with his hands now requires extensive medical care and lives in a nursing home in Roscommon.

Michael Bowman, SC, for the defence told a sentencing hearing, that McDonagh of 1 Orchard Court, Leitrim Village, had told gardai that he was sorry for what he had done.

The 37 year-old father of four, who has pleaded guilty to assault causing serious harm to Mr Hunt, acknowledged that it was “a moment of madness” and that on the night in question he had had too much to drink.

In the incident Mr Hunt sustained a number of punches and fell to the floor of the pub where he hit his head. He wasn’t discovered on the premises until the following morning – more than ten hours after the attack.

He was taken home by a family member and an ambulance took him to Sligo General Hospital where he was subsequently diagnosed with acquired brain injury.

The defence counsel said that medical reports have now established that the brain haemorrhage the tradesman suffered when he hit the ground heavily cannot be separated from the stroke he later suffered in hospital.

Trevor Hunt, updating the court on his brother’s condition, said he has now developed issues with one of his arms and has numbness from his shoulder down to his hand which is affecting his grip.

He said there was “no good news” to relate and he recounted how when his niece made her communion two weeks ago she had spent the day on her daddy’s knees before he had to get his transport back to the nursing home.

Judge John Alymer requested sight of the CCTV footage of the assault in advance of passing sentence on Friday.