A man has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for the assault of a neighbour who later died.

Paul Gill of Sarto Road, Naas, Co Kildare, had pleaded guilty to assaulting Patrick "Patsy" Kelly during a row on 22 August 2015.

He had pleaded not guilty to unlawfully killing Mr Kelly and was acquitted of manslaughter last month.

Gill, a construction worker, attacked Mr Kelly in a dispute about late night drinking.

Mr Kelly was about to visit a house when he was punched, dragged and kicked by Gill.

A post-mortem examination showed he had severe heart disease but alcohol and injuries from the assault were contributing factors in his death.

Judge Melanie Greally sentenced Gill to two-and-a-half years for that assault and the assault of another man, Martin Curtis.

She said she considered suspending part of the sentence but would not do so.

Judge Greally said it was clear that Mr Kelly was an immensely popular and kind man, greatly loved by friends and family.

She said his death was a source of enormous distress.

Gill, a father of five, had four previous convictions, including one for threatening and abusive behaviour and one for assault.

The judge said the existence of the convictions negated the suggestion that the assault was out of character.

She said the kick to the head of the victim while he was on the ground was an aggravating factor as was the fact that Mr Kelly was intoxicated and incapable of defending himself.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Kelly's family said justice had been done.

His sister Carmel said they had wanted a longer sentence but justice had been done and Gill got what he deserved.

Another sister, Bernie, said Mr Kelly was the kindest, most thoughtful person, but he was vulnerable.