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Seven years for assault on Clare musician

  A Connemara builder has been sentenced to seven years in prison with the final three years suspended for ten years for an assault on well-known  Irish traditional musician, Noel Hill. The assault in a pub toilet on St Stephen’s night seven years ago left Mr Hill, a native of Caherea, Lissycasey victim with lifelong injuries. Imposing sentence at Galway Circuit Criminal Court on Thursday, Judge Rory McCabe said this had been a horrible, nasty and vicious attack and noted the consequences for the victim were appalling. Michael Folan(55) from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, Co Galway, had initially pleaded not guilty to a single charge of intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Mr Hill(57), contrary to Section 4 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997, at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, Connemara on St Stephen’s Day, 2008, when his trial opened before a jury at Galway Circuit Criminal Court last November. He changed his plea to …

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Musician Hill feared for his life during assault

A CONNEMARA builder will be sentenced in July for an assault on Clare traditional Irish musician, Noel Hill in a pub toilet seven years ago, which has left the victim with life-long injuries. Michael Folan, 55, from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, County Galway, had initially pleaded not guilty to a charge of intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Mr Hill, 56, contrary to Section 4 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997, at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, Connemara on St Stephen’s Day, 2008, when his trial opened before a jury at Galway Circuit Criminal Court last November. He changed his plea to guilty on the second day of the trial, after Mr Hill gave harrowing evidence of the injuries he sustained on the night to a stunned jury. Plastic surgeon, Patrick McCann had told the jury that Mr Hill’s left eye socket had been pushed back into his skull “like an egg in an eggcup” …

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