Saturday 20 December 2014

Remand for man who broke woman's nose in graveyard assault

Nicola Donnelly

Published 16/01/2014 | 18:22

A man who assaulted a woman in a graveyard fracturing her nasal bone has been remanded on continuing bail for a Probation & Welfare Report.

David Donnelly also caused criminal damage to a pub window before making threatening phone calls to his victim's father.

David Donnelly (20) of Tanners Way in Lusk pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Jennifer Coffey in Lusk graveyard on August 5th, 2012. He further pleaded guilty to making threatening and aggressive phone calls to Michael Coffey on April 6th, 2013 and smashing a window at The Strand Bar in Skerries on the same date.

Sergeant Tony Tighe told Balbriggan District Court that Donnelly had admitted striking Ms Coffey twice in the face.

A number of months later, while Donnelly was socialising in a Skerries pub, a man, unknown to Donnelly, approached him making reference to the attack on Ms Coffey.

A scuffle ensued and Donnelly received a bloodied nose before he started shouting and smashed a glass window with his elbow.

He then made threatening phone calls to Ms Coffey's father as he believed the man was requested to carry out the assault on him.

Defence solicitor Ms Fiona Kelly said the 20-year-old had consumed a lot of alcohol and made the phone calls to Mr Coffey in a 'distressed state having believed the man was sent to attack him.'

'It was discovered later that this was untrue – that the man wasn't sent to attack him,' the solicitor said.

Ms Kelly said Donnelly hasn't attended addiction services yet but has stopped drinking alcohol and cannabis. Donnelly handed the court €220 for the damage caused to the pub window.

Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered that Donnelly attend with the Probation Services for a report to be compiled and that he deal with his addictions.

'If the report is not satisfactory I am imposing a custodial sentence,' said Judge Dermot Dempsey and adjourned the case until March 27th.

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