AN IRISH dancer who attacked and injured his friend with a cider bottle in a row after a contest has been ordered to carry out community service instead of a jail sentence for the assault.
Cian Darcy (20) struck his pal over the head after the pair had an argument about noise coming from the victim's hotel room late at night.
At Blanchardstown District Court, judge David McHugh ordered him to carry out 120 hours' community service instead of a four-month jail term.
The court heard he had swung out instinctively in the dispute without realising he was holding the bottle, and that he was “horrified” by the consequences.
Darcy, from Oakridge Crescent, Dunboyne, Co Meath, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to John Mulgrew at City West Hotel, Saggart, on March 27 last. Previously, Gda Sgt Maria Callaghan said the accused and the victim were residents at the hotel when the incident happened at 6am.
Darcy went and knocked on the victim's bedroom door and after they spoke, he struck him on the face with a Bulmer's bottle.
Sgt Callaghan explained that the two were known to each other and had stayed there following an Irish dancing competition.
Mr Mulgrew suffered a 2cm cut over his right eye which required three stitches. It had been thought he suffered a fracture to his eye socket, but this was found to not be the case.
The victim “may have a small scar” but there were no other medical issues, the court was told.
Darcy and the victim had stayed in each other's houses following various dancing competitions over the years, his solicitor Terence Hanahoe said.
There had been a lot of noise in the hotel and the accused and Mr Mulgrew had rooms beside each other.
Darcy went next door to ask his friend to keep the noise down and was “slightly pushed back”.
“He swung out instinctively at the injured party and wasn't aware that he had something in his hand,” Mr Hanahoe said. “He has no form for this whatsoever. He is not a man you will see in court again”.
The accused had no previous convictions, has never been in trouble of any kind before and was “horrified by what happened on the night”.
Judge McHugh said he was taking the view the assault was not a premeditated act and the bottle was not intended as a weapon.
He made the community service order after Mr Hanahoe told the court a suitability report was favourable.