Friday 28 July 2017

Two men who attacked students with snooker cues get suspended sentences

Declan Brennan

TWO men have received suspended jail sentences for their roles in a violent attack which left a group of foreign students with broken jaw bones and head injuries.

The group of 15 French and German Erasmus students were “corralled” into a laneway by the men who attacked them with snooker cues.

Eight of the men were injured. One student had his jaw broken in three places. Another was knocked unconscious and another received six stitches to the back of his head.

Six men were charged with violent disorder. Four of these pleaded guilty today at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to violent disorder at Foley Street on May 23, 2010.

Elva Duffy BL, prosecuting, told the court that there was a short altercation between the students and a group of local teenagers who then ran away.

She said the four accused then pulled up in a car and got out armed with snooker cues. Judge Desmond Hogan said the attackers had corralled the students into a lane.

Judge Hogan suspended a two year jail term on Daniel Ryan (22) of Charleville Mall, North Strand, Dublin on the condition that he keep the peace for that period. Ryan has no previous convictions and had brought €500 to court.

Craig Kavanagh (20) of North William Street, Dublin received a suspended sentence of three years. He has four previous convictions and had brought a sum of €400 to court.

Judge Hogan adjourned the sentencing of Aaron Coughlan (22) of James Larkin House, North Strand until November 29 next and remanded him on bail with a curfew.

He also put back the sentencing of Wesley Kavanagh (26) of William Street North to April 12 next and ordered a new probation report.

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