The man has been handed an 18-month sentence for attacking a man that was on a date with his ex-partner.
Gardaí received a call at 5:43am on January 26th 2020 that the man had approached a group he was familiar with, which included his ex-partner and her date, and used the hammer to intimidate them. He then struck the woman’s date on the chin with the weapon.
The accused denied the above version of events and insisted that he had not assaulted the man. However, three witnesses there at the time have said that they saw him with a hammer.
The accused, who has four previous convictions, is an unemployed fisherman who lost his job when his trawler sunk.
In his victim impact statement, the victim said that the event has had significant psychological repercussions for him, including anxieties around going on dates or even simply visiting Arklow.
The accused was sentenced to two years in prison with the final six months suspended on condition that he commits to good behaviour upon his release.