Belfast Telegraph

Brothers are given longer sentences over bar assault

By Alan Erwin

Two brothers jailed for beating a man unconscious in a bar room attack received unduly lenient sentences, Northern Ireland's most senior judge ruled.

Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan increased Patrick and Paul Somers' prison terms from 12 months to two-and-a-half years for stamping on and battering their victim with a pool cue.

The brothers' victim, Shane Gallagher, required plastic surgery to an ear injury inflicted during the assault at Enniskillen's Roadhouse Bar in October 2013.

Granting a bid by Director of Public Prosecutions Barra McGrory to have the brothers' jail sentences lengthened, Sir Declan held that the case involved high culpability and premeditation. He said: "There is a long line of authority from this court dealing with the problem of wanton violence by young males, often after the consumption of large amounts of alcohol."

Last August Patrick Somers (21), previously of Hillview Park, and 20-year-old brother Paul, from Drumbeg - both in Enniskillen - pleaded guilty to wounding Mr Gallagher with intent to do him grievous bodily harm.

They were each originally handed three-and-a-half year sentences, split between 12 months behind bars and 30 months on licence.

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