A 44 year-old man has been jailed for five years for a one kick assault in Roscommon that has left his victim wheelchair bound.
Roscommon Circuit Court heard Gintautis Motiejunas suffered catastrophic brain damage when he sustained a kick to the head in an incident in Boyle in February 2017.
The father of four is now confined to a wheelchair, paralysed on his left side and deaf in one ear.
The court heard the victim is unlikely ever to make a full recovery.
Judge Frances Comerford sentenced Arturis Sakurskis, who had pleaded guilty at an earlier court sitting to assault causing harm, to eight and a half years in jail, suspending the final three and a half years.