A MAN who stole another man's Munster rugby hat and then bit him on the nose when he asked for it back has been ordered to pay €1,000 to his victim.
Thomas Barrett, of 41 St Stephen's Park, Castleisland, appeared before Castleisland District Court sitting in Tralee last Thursday where he pleaded guilty to assault causing harm at Main Street, Castleisland, on December 19, 2010.
The court heard that Thomas Barrett's victim had been standing in a crowd outside a nightclub at around 2.30am waiting for a taxi he had called earlier. Thomas Barrett then approached him and grabbed a Munster Rugby hat from his head. When the man asked for his hat backed laughed at him and then "lunged at him" and bit his nose leaving teeth marks.
Inspector Donal Ashe said that the victim told gardaí that Thomas Barrett had "bit me like a bear".
Defence Solicitor Dave Ramsay said the offence was on the "lower end of the scale" when compared with other offences under same act.
He added that his client, a 30-year-old father-of-two, came from a very good family and had not come to garda attention recently.
Judge James O'connor adjourned the case until May 30, 2012, and Thomas Barrett was told to have at least €1,000 in compensation for his victim.