Wednesday 26 July 2017

Father jailed for head-butting girl at New Year's Eve party

Declan Brennan

A FATHER-OF-ONE who head-butted a girl and smashed a bottle into her boyfriend’s head during a New Year’s Eve party has being jailed for two years.

Gary Bayly was drunk when he “blew a fuse” after a minor incident. The male victim received 47 stitches to this face and has been left with permanent scars.

Bayly (22) of Finnstown Hall, Lucan pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Foxdean Drive, Lucan on January 1, 2011.

Garda Kevin Curran told Fiona McGowan BL, prosecuting, that gardai arrived at the house to find the victim Paul McCarthy sitting on a coach with cuts to his face. Mr McCarthy passed out and needed a blood transfusion during an operation to mend damage to an artery.

Garda Curran said that Bayly had gone up to Mr McCarthy’s girlfriend and asked her if she was talking about him before head butting her.

Mr McCarthy pushed Bayly away and went to walk away with his partner when he felt the whack of a bottle to the side of his head. He said he felt dizzy and saw blood coming down his face.

The court heard that Bayly was arrested by gardai when he returned to the house later that night. He was too intoxicated to be interviewed by them but later claimed that he was acting in self defence.

Bayly has 40 previous convictions including drunk driving, assault and threatening and abusive behaviour.

Keith Spencer BL, defending, said that his client, who has a young daughter, regrets his actions on the night and wanted to apologise to the victim.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring imposed a prison sentence of three years but suspended the last year in light of Bayly’s young age

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