Woman headbutted by businessman during row in car park
Published 13/05/2014 | 02:30
A BUSINESSMAN headbutted a woman during an argument after an alleged collision in a train station car park, a court heard.
Peter Mulligan (49) left the woman with swelling and bruising to her left eye following the attack in front of his nine-year-old daughter.
He apologised for his behaviour, saying he was upset because she had called him a "f**king a**hole" in front of his daughter.
Judge Dermot Dempsey said he would leave Mulligan without a conviction if he paid €750 compensation to the victim and donated €500 to charity.
The defendant, of The Square in Skerries, admitted before Swords District Court to assaulting the woman at Skerries train station on November 19, 2012.
Garda Wayne Butler said Mulligan and the victim, who was in her 40s, got into a verbal argument. Mulligan then got out of his car and, during the row, he headbutted the woman.
The court heard Mulligan had been dropping his wife to the train station, an area tight on space, when his car was hit by the victim's vehicle.
Gda Butler said the victim was hit on her left eye. She suffered swelling and bruising but she had since fully recovered.