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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Businessman who headbutted woman over parking space ordered to come up with adequate compensation

Nicola Donnelly

Published 12/05/2014|18:26

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A businessman who headbutted a woman, in front of his nine year old daughter, over a car parking space has been ordered to come up with compensation and a charitable donation if he wants to avoid a conviction.

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Peter 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 claimed 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 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.

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 ordered that Mulligan come up with €750 in compensation for his victim and a further €500 as a charitable donation.

He remanded Mulligan on continuing bail to re-appear before the court on July 21st.

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