Tuesday 26 September 2017

Fair City star admits biting and punching former partner in drunken attack at his home

Patrick Fitzpatrick, who played Zumo Bishop in Fair City, has pleaded guilty to the assault on Theresa Gannon
Patrick Fitzpatrick, who played Zumo Bishop in Fair City, has pleaded guilty to the assault on Theresa Gannon

Andrew Phelan

A FAIR CITY star has admitted biting his ex-partner's arm and punching her in the face in a drunken attack at his Dublin home.

Patrick Fitzpatrick (33) set upon the woman after he had been drinking at his house in the north of the city.

The actor, who played Zumo Bishop in the hugely popular RTE soap, pleaded guilty to assault and his case is due to be finalised before the courts today.

Fitzpatrick admitted a charge of assault causing harm to Theresa Gannon at his home at Hollytree Terrace, Ballymun, on September 4, 2015.

Previously, Dublin District Court heard the victim was at the accused's home on the day in question, when he became aggressive.

Punches

Theresa Gannon
Theresa Gannon

He threw two punches at her face and bit her right upper arm.

The court heard Ms Gannon was left with bruising to her face. The bite did not break her skin.

A medical report on Ms Gannon's injuries was presented to the court and this was read by the judge.

Fitzpatrick had already entered his plea and was on bail when his case came before the court yesterday.

His barrister told Judge Grainne Malone the accused had already pleaded guilty before Judge John Lindsay, and the case would have to go back to that judge for finalisation.

A pre-sentence probation report had been ordered and the court heard this was favourable to Fitzpatrick.

His barrister said the issue of compensation had also been "canvassed".

Judge Malone said she was agreeing to a one-day adjournment only because Judge Lindsay had specifically noted that he would be dealing with the case.

She asked Garda Niall Carolan, of Ballymun Garda Station, to explain the position to the victim.

Gda Carolan said, however, that Ms Gannon was in court for the hearing.

"Thank you very much for coming to court," the judge told Ms Gannon.

"I am sorry that this has happened, that the judge who was supposed to be here isn't available."

Fitzpatrick, wearing a navy blazer, blue jeans, grey waistcoat, white shirt and navy tie, remained silent during the brief proceedings.

He was remanded on continuing bail.

The charge against him is under Section 3 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Quitting

Fitzpatrick was last seen on Fair City in 2016, when he returned to the popular soap for one episode.

He was a cast member between 2007 and 2013 before quitting the show.

Fitzpatrick's acting career started with the Roundabout Youth Theatre in his native Ballymun before he auditioned for Fair City.

He has recently spoken about having given up drinking and losing weight since his time on the show.

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