Colette Browne: Unlikely courts would be so lenient on man from poor background who beat up a woman
Published 29/01/2014 | 02:30
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".