30 Sept 2022

Man who glassed former Derry City captain after discovering he was having an affair with his wife is spared jail

A man from Muff in County Donegal who glassed a former Derry City footballer, Barry Molloy, after discovering he was having an affair with his wife has been given a suspended sentence. Thirty-nine years old Martin Cheung from Ardban in Muff, Co. Donegal, a father of three, pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawfully and maliciously wounding Barry Molloy in Granny Annie's Bar in Waterloo Street in Derry at midnight on May 27 of last year. Derry Crown Court was told that Cheung had been drinking since 3pm on the day in question and had gone to Granny Annies with some friends. Someone told him Molloy was in the bar but Cheung did not go looking for him but encountered him in a corridor. Judge Elizabeth McCaffrey said that Cheung had swung at Molloy not realising he had a glass in his hand. She said he was ‘shocked’ when he saw the injured party bleeding. When interviewed by police the defendant initially did not answer but then explained the circumstances behind the incident. The judge said ‘it was clear’ that Cheung did not mean to hurt Molloy who required 8 stitches in his injuries. She said Cheung was ‘a committed father’ to his three children and was in full time employment. The judge said that while Molloy’s injuries were ‘uncomfortable and painful’ they could have been more serious. She said that the use of a glass had not been deliberate and there had been no premeditation. Judge McCaffrey said it was a serious assault but in the circumstances she would sentence Cheung to six months in prison suspended for two years.

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