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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Man glassed after returning lost bank card to his attacker, court told

Conor Gallagher

Published 01/05/2014 | 08:01

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A TELECOMS professional has avoided jail after glassing a nightclub patron who had earlier returned his missing bank card.

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Judge Martin Nolan commented that the attacker, Gordon Tighe (25), is a remorseful, hardworking man “who lashed out because of intemperance and drunkenness.”

He imposed a three-year sentence which he suspended in full on condition that Tighe pays over €10,000 in compensation.

Tighe, of Trimbleston, Goatstown Road, Dublin but originally from Cork, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Stephen Keogh and Ronan Cadigan on May 26, 2013.

The court heard Tighe initially had “a friendly encounter” with Mr Keogh and Mr Cadigan, in Buck Whaleys Nightclub on Leeson Street. He bought the two friends a drink after they found and returned his card.

However Tighe became progressively drunker as the night went on and, according to prosecuting counsel Melanie Greally BL, he was being a nuisance and “jostling” people on the dance floor.

Pushed

As he walked by the two men, he pushed Mr Cadigan, who pushed him back and told him we was being an annoyance to everyone.

Tighe then hit Mr Keogh with the glass he had in his hand. Mr Keogh later said that he could feel the glass breaking and that his face and neck “felt wet” with blood. Mr Cadigan suffered a cut finger when he tried to intervene in the attack.

Garda Mark Eccles said Mr Keogh suffered three cuts to his head and neck including one to his cheek. Both men required stitches.

Tighe was restrained by security until gardai arrived and arrested him. He continued to be extremely aggressive and abusive as they brought him to the station.

He was later interviewed and said he could remember little of the night. He said he was sorry and made a voluntary contribution to the Garda Benevolent Fund.

Defence counsel David Staunton BL said Tighe is “absolutely distraught about what happened”.

Judge Nolan noted that Tighe already had the glass in his hand when he hit Mr Keogh. He said that he would have jailed him if he had picked up the glass specifically for that purpose.

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Irish Independent

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