'Good Samaritan' attacker avoids jail
A man who punched and kicked a "Good Samaritan" who was trying to help him has avoided a jail sentence.
Nicholas Freddin (29), a Frenchman living in Dublin, was fighting on a city centre street after he was thrown out of a night club.
A passer-by, Graham Hughes, came to help him because Freddin and another man were rolling around on the street and he was worried they would be run over by passing traffic.
Freddin turned on Mr Hughes, attacking him by punching him in the mouth and kicking him. He later told gardai that he thought Mr Hughes was using a mobile phone to record the fight and tried to grab him.
Freddin of Temple Place, Hill Street, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Leeson Street Lower on November 11, 2012.
Judge Martin Nolan said Freddin had carried out a serious attack on a man who was acting as a Good Samaritan.
He suspended a sentence of three years' imprisonment on condition that Freddin pay €10,000 over to the victim within three years.
Garda Kevin Quirke told the court that the victim's injuries included a broken nose, a swollen jaw and bloodied and swollen lips. He also suffered concussion.
He has had to receive root canal work costing €6,000 and estimates that the future costs of dental treatment will come to €10,000.
Michael Bowman, defending, told the court that his client was in full-time employment and had brought €4,000 to court as a token of his remorse. He has no previous convictions and has not come to garda attention since this incident.
He said Freddin was drunk on the night and is extremely remorseful about the attack.
Since he came to Ireland, the accused has used his experience in handball to help an Irish club team compete in Europe.
Mr Bowman described the attack as a moment of madness and said Freddin was normally not an aggressive person.
He asked the court to suspend any sentence and said his client would be in a better position to pay any compensation to the victim if allowed to continue working in his job.