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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Student avoids jail for drunken assault with glass

Declan Brennan

Published 22/12/2012|05:00

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A TRINITY student who attacked a fellow student with a pint glass has avoided jail.

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Eamon Leahy (27) said he had 20 drinks – shots, pints and about seven cocktails – before carrying out the assault.

The victim, Patrick Egan, a Trinity College student, received 11 stitches spread over four wounds on his face.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring said Leahy, an arts student also studying at Trinity, was described as a "Jekyll and Hyde" who was polite when sober but aggressive when drunk.

Leahy, of Boherboy Close, Mayfield, Co Cork, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Mr Egan at Sweeney's Bar, Dame Street, on March 16, 2012. The judge suspended the sentence of two-and-a-half years in jail on the condition that Leahy keeps the peace for that period and that he obeys any directions from the Probation Services, including alcohol treatment.

Convictions

A security man working in the pub said he saw Leahy being pushed back against a shelf of pint glasses before he grabbed a glass and smashed it into the victim's face.

The court heard Leahy had five previous convictions, including four public order offences. Counsel said his client wanted to express his deep remorse and shame and had brought €4,000 to court.

The court heard that the victim was also taking a civil case but that he would accept the money. His medical expenses were estimated to be €900.

Judge Ring said Leahy went too far in his drinking and in his actions on the night and the results were the scars Mr Egan saw every time he looked in the mirror.

Irish Independent

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