Wednesday 22 October 2014

Businessman who headbutted woman over parking space avoids conviction

Nicola Donnelly

Published 22/07/2014 | 15:49

Peter Mulligan handed his victim €750 and donated a further €500 to Fingal Bereaved by Suicide
Peter Mulligan handed his victim €750 and donated a further €500 to Fingal Bereaved by Suicide

A business man who headbutted a woman over a parking space has avoided a conviction after he paid compensation to the victim.

Peter Mulligan handed his victim €750 and donated a further €500 to Fingal Bereaved by Suicide.

Mulligan, who is originally from Glasgow, claimed the headbutt was 'not intentional' and that the 40-year-old woman began swearing at him beforehand.

He said the woman's car had made contact with his car while they were in the car park and that she had called him a 'f**king asshole'.

Mulligan (49) of The Square in Skerries, Co Dublin pleaded guilty before Swords District Court to assaulting the woman at Skerries Train Station car park on November 19th, 2012.

Defence solicitor Patrick Jackson told the court that the pair had a 'face-to-face argument' and that 'finger-wagging' took place. The incident took place in front of Mulligan's nine year old daughter.

As a result of Mulligan headbutting the woman, she received bruising to the top of her left eye.

Mulligan, who has no previous convictions, is a consultant in sales and marketing and travels to and from the UK on a regular basis. Mr Jackson said Mulligan had set up a business in Ireland in 2005 employing 11 people, but that in 2011 it went bust.

'He has one house in Dublin and one house in London to maintain and his wife and daughter live in Dublin,' said Mr Jackson.

Mulligan apologised profusely to the court and to his victim and told the court that it 'was completely out of character.'

Judge Dermot Dempsey struck the case out after the money was handed over.

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