Wednesday 22 October 2014

Chef assaulted man in unprovoked attack as he sat outside Chinese takeaway, court hears

Published 06/03/2014 | 17:53

A COMMIS chef headbutted and punched a man who was waiting in a car outside a Chinese Takeaway for no reason, a court has heard.

Richard Devine (21) also rocked the injured party's car before kicking in the doors causing €800 worth of damage.

Devine of Beneda, South Strand in Skerries, Co Dublin admitted he was drunk at the time of the offences and pleaded guilty before Balbriggan District Court to assaulting Shane Christy and causing criminal damage to his car in Rush, Co Dublin on May 3rd, 2013.

Judge Dermot Dempsey warned Devine that if he wants to avoid a conviction he will have to come up with compensation for the victim and complete 200 hours of voluntary work.

Garda Thomas Tighe told Balbriggan District Court that at 10.30pm Mr Christy was sitting in his Nissan Micra car outside a takeaway when Devine, along with a group of youths, walked by and started to rock Mr Christy's car.

Mr Christy got out of the car and Devine then headbutted him and punched him. Devine also kicked the car door, resulting in €800 worth of damage.

Mr Christy suffered minor injuries to his nose, the court heard.

Defence solicitor Mary Arnold said Devine, who has no previous convictions, was reared by his grandparents and has sent a letter of apology to Mr Christy.

'It was an unprovoked altercation between the defendant and the injured party,' said Ms Arnold.

'He admits he had drink taken and it was out of character,' she added.

Ms Arnold said Devine has €800 in court to pay for the damage to the car.

Judge Dempsey then questioned whether he had any money for the injured party.

'If you are sitting in your car and some idiot comes along and assaults you, don't you think you deserve some compensation?,' asked Judge Dempsey.

'You better have some compensation and better have 200 hours of voluntary work completed and I want proof of that,' Judge Dempsey warned Devine and adjourned the case until May 29th.

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