Ex-child film actor punched 13-year-old boy in face
A former child movie star has received a five-month jail term for punching a 13-year-old and telling the boy's mother that he would burn her house down.
Shane Curry, now 21, was a breakthrough star at the age of 13, appearing alongside Stephen Rea in the award-winning movie 'Kisses'. A reviewer at the Los Angeles Times described young Curry's performance as "first-rate".
Curry subsequently starred in Hideaways (2011) and Dollhouse (2012), directed by Kirsten Sheridan.
However, Curry's life has been chaotic since, and he has clocked up 14 convictions.
Curry's latest convictions at Ennis District Court concern assault causing harm at Willow Green, John Paul Estate, Kilrush, Co Clare, on June 11 last to a 13-year-old, the possession of a knife and making a threat to damage property on the same date.
Curry, now of Croi na Mbaile, Kilmihil, also pleaded guilty to a separate assault charge at Kilmihil in April of this year.
Solicitor for Curry, Gearóid Williams, told Ennis District Court that life for his client "has been no bed of roses".
In the case before Ennis District Court, Mr Williams said that Curry was high on drugs on June 11 last and had no recollection of the incident.
Judge Patrick Durcan said that Curry struck the 13-year-old boy in the face without any provocation.
Judge Durcan said: "He had a knife and called the child a cheeky brat. He then went to the driveway of where the boy's mother lived and called her 'a scumbag and a whore'. He told her that he would burn down a house."
The woman stated that she has had panic attacks since and is living in fear.
In sentencing, Judge Durcan said that he would likely impose a four-month jail term for the assault consecutive on the five-month prison term, and adjourned that assault case to Kilrush District Court in September for the victim to submit a victim impact statement.