Sunday 24 September 2017

Fair City star given seven months to pay ex-girlfriend €1k after bite and punch attack

Patrick Fitzpatrick
Patrick Fitzpatrick

Andrew Phelan

A Fair City star who bit and punched his ex-girlfriend in an attack at his home has been given another seven months to pay her compensation.

Patrick Fitzpatrick (33), who is awaiting sentence for the assault, has already paid half of the €2,000 and a judge has said he has until next February to come up with the rest.

Fitzpatrick, who played Zumo Bishop in the hit RTE soap, was excused from attending the brief hearing at Dublin District Court.

He potentially faces a maximum jail term of one year.

Fitzpatrick pleaded gulity last February to assault causing harm to Theresa Gannon at his home at Hollytree Terrace, Ballymun, on September 4, 2015.

Dublin District Court had heard the victim was at the accused's home on the day when he became aggressive.

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

She was left with bruising to her right eye but the bite did not break her skin.

Defence solicitor Philip Hannon told Judge John Lindsay that the case was before the court to clarify the issue of compensation.

Injuries

Garda Niall Carolan said facts in the case had been heard previously and handed a copy of a medical report on the victim's injuries to the court.

A "positive" probation report on Fitzpatrick was also presented in court.

Judge Lindsay asked if the victim had made a full recovery.

Gda Carolan replied: "She did, judge."

The court heard €1,000 in compensation had already been paid by the defendant, and a total of €2,000 had been "mooted" back in February.

Gda Carolan said this figure had been a suggestion on the judge's part, and not necessarily an order.

Mr Hannon asked the judge to put the case back to November, saying the judge could monitor the situation. Some of the money will be expected to be paid on that date, with the balance in February next year, the court heard.

Mr Hannon added that the comprehensive probation report contained a "specific recommendation".

Judge Lindsay adjourned the case to November 28.

The defendant was remanded on continuing bail in his absence.

The charge of assault causing harm is under Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

It carries a potential sentence on conviction in the district court of 12 months' imprisonment.

Fitzpatrick last made an appearance on Fair City in 2016. He had played Zumo between 2007 and 2013.

Herald

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