Thursday 8 December 2016

Drinker headbutted doorman when he reacted badly to 'shots' at popular city centre pub

Published 04/07/2016 | 22:28

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A MAN who headbutted a doorman had got into a round of drinking shots when he was only used to beer, a court heard.

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Jandean Hyland (27) reacted badly to the drinks and struck the security man who he thought had bumped into him.

Judge Ann Ryan adjourned his case for a restorative justice programme report.

Hyland, of Ryan's Park, Duleek, Co Meath, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm at the Auld Dubliner Pub in Temple Bar.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at 8.30pm on November 7 last year. The victim was working that evening and was walking through the pub.

Hyland was socialising in the bar area when an altercation occurred, a garda witness said.

The accused believed the victim had collided with him, they exchanged words and Hyland headbutted the victim on the nose.

A medical report on the injuries caused was handed in to court and read by Judge Ryan.

A victim impact statement was also presented. Hyland had one previous conviction for a public order offence.

The accused had since met the victim and apologised to him, his lawyer said.

When the assault was being investigated, Hyland went voluntarily to the garda station, was interviewed and made full admissions.

He had taken some alcohol on the night and "reacted badly" to it. He could only drink beer but a round system started off and he ended up taking shots.

"He was extremely sorry and was entirely co-operative and remorseful," his lawyer added. "It simply should not have happened."

When Hyland apologised, he offered to pay the victim's medical bills.

He shook his hand and the accused had believed the security man was accepting his apology.

He worked in a recycling plant and had started the visa application process to go to Australia.

However, that was now on hold. Hyland was offering to pay €500 compensation, but the court hard the victim was not accepting this.

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