AN IRISH dancer who attended a championship in a Dublin hotel attacked and injured his friend with a cider bottle in a row about noise in their rooms afterwards.
Cian Darcy (20) struck his pal over the head when the pair had an argument about noise coming from the victim's room late at night. The two dancers had just taken part in a competition at the hotel when the assault happened.
Blanchardstown District Court heard he had swung out instinctively in the dispute without realising he was holding the bottle and was “horrified” by the consequences.
Judge David McHugh said he will leave Darcy without a jail sentence if he is found suitable to carry out community service instead.
The accused was remanded on continuing bail at Blanchardstown District Court.
Darcy, with an address at Oakridge Crescent, Dunboyne, Co Meath, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to John Mulgrew at City West Hotel, Saggart on March 27 last.
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 Bulmers bottle. Sgt Callaghan explained 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 following scans, this was found not to be the case.
The victim “may have a small scar” but there were no other medical issues, the court heard.
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, had never been in trouble of any kind before and was “horrified by what happened on the night”. He had written a letter to the victim.
Darcy had recently suffered a bad break to his leg which had not healed properly and there was also a “problem with his brain” that required a medical procedure to be carried out.
Judge McHugh said after hearing the evidence that he was taking the view that the assault was not a premeditated act and that the bottle was not intended as a weapon.
He adjourned the case to a date next month, for a community service suitability report. If it is favourable, he said he would order the accused to carry out 120 hours instead of a four-month prison sentence.