A Sligo man has been sentenced to five years in jail for assault causing serious harm to a man he claimed had made a pass at him.

Daniel McLoughlin of Joe McDonnell Drive in Cranmore, Sligo, pleaded guilty to assaulting 60-year-old Cyril Moran at Mr Moran's home in Cartron in Sligo in August 2010.

Mr Moran died four days later in hospital.

Sligo Circuit Court heard that a contributory factor to his death was the fact that Mr Moran had had heart surgery and was on warfarin.

Sentencing McLoughlin, Judge Anthony Hunt said this was a very tragic case.

He said that while McLoughlin intended to seriously assault Mr Moran, he did not believe he intended to cause his death.

McLoughlin, 30, had told the court that Mr Moran made a pass at him and that he struck him twice in the face.

He said there was a lot of blood and that he helped to clean Mr Moran up and then brought him to hospital for treatment.

McLoughlin was on bail at the time of the assault and is currently serving a sentence of six years with two years suspended for another assault.

Judge Hunt said that McLoughlin is a troubled individual who has been helped by prison, where he has completed his Leaving Certificate and an Open University Course and dealt with issues in his life.

The sentence imposed today will come into effect when that sentence is completed next year.