Thursday 23 March 2017

Colette Browne: Unlikely courts would be so lenient on man from poor background who beat up a woman

A violent man without money is much more likely to end up in prison. iStockphoto
A violent man without money is much more likely to end up in prison. iStockphoto
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

IF you're thinking about physically attacking your wife or girlfriend, just make sure you have €10,000 on deposit – because that's how much it will cost to buy your way out of a conviction.

That's what we learned from the courts last week, when a trainee doctor who twice beat up his girlfriend, leaving her with injuries "consistent with being punched, kicked, bitten and grabbed", had two serious assault charges struck out after paying €10,000 to charity.

The court heard that Rudrumun Gopal (21), a student at the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI), was "utterly infatuated" with his girlfriend, who was "the woman of his dreams".

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