Guilty plea for kidnapping

A Polish national who was part of a three man gang that kidnapped and assaulted a fellow Polish national in Buncrana was given 200 hours of community service at Letterkenny Circuit Court on Friday.

A Polish national who was part of a three man gang that kidnapped and assaulted a fellow Polish national in Buncrana was given 200 hours of community service at Letterkenny Circuit Court on Friday.

Michal Kotecki, with an address at 9 Connaberry, Buncrana, pleaded guilty to his role in the assault and false imprisonment of Martin Goleck at St Orans Road, Buncrana on January 18.

The court heard he was part of a three man gang that took part in the attack. A co-accused has been before the court already and the other man involved has since died.

In an earlier hearing Prosecution barrister, Patricia McLaughlin BL, led the evidence saying the gardai were notified by Ms. Margaret McAteer when the victim was found by her husband in a “distressed” and “shocked” state.

He said he had been taken to an area known as Ned’s Point in the boot of a Fiat Punto car and assaulted by the other men who demanded money from him.

The victim was intoxicated, barefoot and had dried blood on his mouth when he was found.

Kotecki has three previous convictions for public order offences.

Defence barrister, Damien Crawford BL, told the court his client was good friends with the victim before the incident and they were now friends once again, with the victim travelling to court with him for the sentencing hearing.

Last Friday Judge John O’Hagan said of the incident: I don’t know the rules in Poland but it is not to be tolerated in this country”.

He ordered that €2000 Kotecki had in court for compensation be paid to two children charities. Inishowen Children’s Autism Related Education (ICARE) in Buncrana and Little Angels School in Letterkenny.