Thursday 29 September 2016

''Feral youth' glassed innocent passer-by in the face after seeing altercation involving his sister,' court hears

Aoife Nic Ardghail

Published 25/01/2016 | 15:27

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A “feral youth” glassed an innocent passer-by in the face when he overreacted to seeing an altercation involving his sister in Dublin city centre, a court has heard.

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Dylan Murphy (20) told gardai he had hit the victim with a pint glass because he was the first man he'd seen after the incident with his sister.

He later admitted he had “snapped” and overreacted “out of pure rage”.

Garda Elaine Murtagh said the victim, who now has facial scars and suffers flashbacks, had forgiven Murphy but hoped he didn't assault anyone else in future.

Murphy, of Marrowbone Lane, Dublin , pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Jonathan Cooley causing him harm at Dame Court on May 24, 2015.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing a stolen iPod at the same location on the same date.

He has 24 previous convictions, including four assaults.

Gda Murtagh agreed with Justin McQuade BL, defending, that Murphy could be described as a “feral youth” who had had a very difficult upbringing with periods of homelessness as a teenager.

She told Ronan Kennedy BL, prosecuting, that Mr Cooley had been walking through Dame Lane in the early hours of the morning, when he saw an incident involving two males and a female. Murphy then ran up and glassed Mr Cooley in the face.

Gda Murtagh said Murphy initially evaded arrest and ran off after he had been pointed out to her by the victim, who was bleeding from cuts to his neck, lip, nose and between his eyebrows.

Murphy was chased down a short distance away and taken to a garda station, where he made admissions.

He was also found with an iPod which had been taken from a bag belonging to another male at Dame Court. Murphy had handed this bag back to the man at the scene.

He told gardai he had been “cruising around town” that weekend and hit the man after he had seen his sister being picked up off the ground.

He accepted he hadn't seen his victim touch his sister, but at the time he had thought he was standing up for her.

Mr McQuade submitted to Judge Melanie Greally that his client had no addiction problems but would need to do anger management.

He said Murphy was “crying out for supervision” and that he was quite bright and engaging despite his difficult and tragic background.

Judge Greally adjourned the sentence till March pending a probation report.

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