Man breaks nightclubber's jaw after their girlfriends fight on dancefloor, court told
Man to face trial over alleged row on club dancefloor
Published 28/04/2014 | 10:50
A NIGHTCLUBBER broke another man's jaw with a single punch following a dancefloor dispute that started between their girlfriends, it is alleged.
Shane Kirkwood (24) allegedly hit the man – an acquaintance – in the face, leaving him in need of surgery to insert titanium plates in his jaw.
The row happened at a nightclub in Temple Bar, Dublin District Court heard.
The accused is facing jury trial on a serious assault charge after Judge Michael Walsh refused jurisdiction to deal with the case at District Court level.
Mr Kirkwood, with an address at The Coombe, Dublin 8, is charged with assault causing harm to Aaron Cruise at Sin Nightclub, Sycamore Street, on October 16, 2011.
The offence is under Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.
Defence solicitor Stephen O'Mahony asked Judge Walsh to hear an outline of the allegations before considering jurisdiction.
Sgt Zita Woods said the accused and alleged victim were known to each other but were not friends. She said it would be alleged that there was a dispute on the night between the two men's girlfriends.
During this, it was alleged that the injured party's girlfriend “slightly struck” Mr Kirkwood and her hand may have connected with his face.
This led to an altercation in which the defendant hit Mr Cruise once in the face, leaving him with a broken jaw. This required surgery involving the insertion of two titanium plates. The case had been delayed because of difficulties in getting medical reports on Mr Cruise's injuries, but an up-to-date report was presented to the court.
The judge said after carefully considering the evidence, he was refusing jurisdiction to deal with the case because the alleged victim had medical “consequences” following on from his injury.
This means it will be sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has tougher sentencing powers.
The judge adjourned the case to June 4 for the preparation of a book of evidence. Mr Kirkwood was remanded on continuing bail.