A 26-year-old man has been jailed for four years for his part in a violent robbery in which the victim was thrown into the canal.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that when the victim was pulling himself out of the water, a second attacker kicked him in the face and smashed a beer bottle on his head.
Derek Waters of Berryfield Drive, Finglas, Dublin pleaded guilty to robbery of a mobile phone at the Royal Canal on June 20, 2011.
He has 77 previous convictions including one for assault causing serious harm and one for robbery. The court heard he has had problems in the past with drink and drugs.
Judge Patrick McCartan imposed a seven year sentence but suspended the last three years on the condition that Waters is drug free on his release.
He said he was suspending a significant portion of the sentence to encourage the father of one to change his ways.
Garda Donal Donahoe told Colm O’Briain BL, prosecuting, that the men attacked the victim after they had shared their beer with him.
After pushing him into the canal Waters shouted: “Give me your phone or I’ll kill you”. The other attacker pulled the victim out of the water but then kicked him in the face and smashed a bottle on his head.
Martina Baxter BL, defending, told the court that her client’s mother abandoned him as a child and his father died as a result of his chronic heroin addiction.
Antoinette Waters told Judge McCartan that her brother was always welcome in her home when he was drug free and that she believed the birth of his daughter has caused him to change his ways.