Businessman headbutts woman in car park row
A BUSINESSMAN headbutted a woman during an argument over a car parking space at a Dublin train station, a court heard.
Peter Mulligan (49) left the woman with swelling and bruising to her left eye following the attack.
He apologised for his behaviour, claiming he was upset because she had called him a “f**king a**hole” in front of his young daughter.
Judge Dermot Dempsey said he will leave Mulligan without a conviction if he pays €750 compensation to the victim and donates a further €500 to charity.
The defendant, of The Square in Skerries, admitted before Swords District Court to assaulting the woman at Skerries Train Station on November 19, 2012.
Garda Wayne Butler said Mulligan and the victim, who is in her 30s, got into a verbal argument about a car parking space. Mulligan then got out of his car and during the row headbutted the woman.
Gda Butler said the victim was hit on her left eye. She suffered swelling and bruising to the eye but she has since fully recovered.
Defence lawyer Patrick Jackson said Mulligan, who has never been in trouble before, is a sales consultant and frequently travels to the UK to work.
He said the defendant is originally from Glasgow, but has lived in Ireland for a number of years.
In relation to the incident, Mr Jackson said Mulligan was dropping his wife to the train station.
He was driving into the station, which he described as a tight area, and his car was subsequently hit by the victim’s vehicle.
He followed her around the car park as he didn’t know if his car had been damaged and the pair got involved in a verbal argument.
Mr Jackson said the pair were face to face, shouting and there was a lot of finger wagging.
He claimed Mulligan "accidentally" made contact with the woman’s face.
Mulligan apologised for his behaviour, saying the strike was an accident after he asked the woman not to swear at him in front of his daughter.