05 Oct 2022

Victim of attack in Derry nightclub which left him with bleeding to the brain tells Derry court he doesn't want his attacker jailed

The Crown Court in Derry was told today that the victim of a city centre assault two years ago, who sustained bleeding to his brain and a broken nose, lacerations to his forehead and nose as well as abrasions to his chin and to the tip of his nose, didn't want his attacker to be sent to jail. The disclosure was made during the plea hearing of Jack Bergin (20), a university student from Cypress Grove in the Steelstown area of the city. Bergin has admitted assaulting two men outside the Sugar Nightclub in Shipquay Street in the early houses of June 16, 2016. He punched one of his victims once on the upper lip causing a laceration to his lip and to the inside of his mouth and he struck his second victim several times to the head. The second victim then fell face first onto the road before Bergin jumped over him and ran away. The victim who sustained the more serious injuries stated in his victim impact report that he didn't want Bergin jailed. He told the author of the report - "It would be difficult for me having something like that on my conscience in that I could personally set back someone's life and change it forever". Judge Elizabeth McCaffrey said the victim's sentiments "are an extremely generous approach given the content of his medical report". However Judge McCaffrey said there was no getting away from the fact that it was an appalling incident. "There is no getting away from that and it is really by good luck or by the grace of God, whichever you believe, that these two injured parties did not sustain more serious injuries", she said. Judge McCaffrey said she wanted to read several character references submitted by the defence and said she would sentence Bergin, who has no previous criminal convictions, on Friday.

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