Court Hears 73-Yr-Old One of Three Assaulted In Six Minute Spell

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A 24-year old man who is alleged to have subjected three people to assaults, including a 73 year old man, over a six minute spell is to have his case heard in the circuit court.

This follows Judge Patrick Durcan declining to have the assault case heard in the district court after hearing an outline of the State case at Ennis District Court against Pavel Kratochvil of Ard Caoin, Gort Rd, Ennis.

In the incident, it will be alleged that a 59 year old customer in the upstairs of Supermac’s in Ennis was eating his meal when he was subject to an unprovoked assault by Mr Kratochvil on April 1st last.


In court, Sgt Aiden Lonergan alleged that Gabriel Doyle while eating his Supermac’s food, Mr Kratochvil went over and totally unprovoked, started punching the man in the face.

Sgt Lonergan said that it is the State’s case that Mr Kratochvil carried out assaults in four to six minutes on three different people at around 6pm on the date. The other alleged victims are aged 53 and 73.

Sgt Lonergan said that the second alleged injury party was Brian Meeney (53) and he said that it will be alleged that Mr Kratochvil punched him into the face as he made his way in the direction of the Temple Gate hotel after exiting Supermacs.

Sgt Lonergan alleged that Mr Meeney suffered a serious punch to the forehead and that he may have been knocked unconscious for a moment.

Sgt Lonergan said that a third alleged victim, Martin Concannon (73) was getting out of his car with his wife in the Temple Gate car park and Mr Kratochvil appears to give him a kick in the back and pushed him onto the ground to give him a number of kicks to the body.

Asked were the wounds sustained by the alleged victims serious by Judge Durcan, Sgt Lonergan said: “No – the injuries were not serious – superficial wounds.”

Mr Kratochvil has been in custody since April 2nd after being refused bail.

Solicitor for Mr Kratochvil, Daragh Hassett told Judge Durcan that a psychiatric assessment on his client “would go a long way to explain what happened here”.

Judge Durcan further remanded Mr Kratochvil in custody to re-appear in court on July 3rd.