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Victim of assault by college student asks judge not to jail his attacker

Published 28/07/2014 | 18:13

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Cian Haddock at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court
Cian Haddock at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

The victim of an assault by a college student has asked a judge not to jail his attacker, Dublin Circuit Court has heard.

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Cian Haddock (22) punched Caolan Fanning during a shouting match between two groups of men at a LUAS stop. The victim was knocked onto the LUAS tracks and broke four of his teeth as a result.

Haddock of Glenbourne Walk, Leopardstown pleaded guilty to assault causing harm at Harcourt Street on March 16, 2011.

Judge Patricia Ryan adjourned sentencing until next December and noted that Haddock was willing to pay over €8,400 to the victim as a practical expression of his remorse.

The court heard that Mr Fanning holds no malice towards his attacker and doesn’t wish to see him jailed.

In a victim impact report he said he hopes Haddock is remorseful and will learn from this experience, adding: “He's a young person who made a mistake”.

Garda Stephen Walsh told Marie Torrens BL, prosecuting, that during a verbal row between two groups of men the victim was restraining somebody in Haddock’s company when Haddock delivered the single punch.

In a letter to the court Haddock, who has no previous convictions, apologised to the victim and his family. He said he had become scared during the row and felt threatened.

“I made a bad decision that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I was hanging out with the wrong people. It should not have happened, I would do anything to undo it,” said Haddock.

Mr Fanning identified Haddock through Facebook and he reported the assault to gardaí a week later. His main concern is for the ongoing future cost of dental treatment, the court heard.

James Dwyer BL, defending, said his client was studying marketing and digital media at college and was working over the summer. He said he had brought €4,200 to court as a token of his remorse and was prepared to bring the same amount again to court on the next date.

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