Thursday 18 January 2018

Brothers told to pay €6,000 to man assaulted in club

Nicola Donnelly

Two brothers have avoided jail for assaulting a man over "a fling" he had with one of their girlfriends.

Adam Duke (21), of Hillside, Dalkey, was given an eight-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to James Morris at the Twisted Pepper nightclub in the city's Middle Abbey Street last December 30.

His brother, Morgan (23), of the same address, was bound to the peace for 12 months.

They were also ordered to pay €6,000 between them in compensation to Mr Morris.

Gda Niall McCormack told prosecuting counsel Anne Rowland that Mr Morris had gone to the nightclub with friends. The Duke brothers were also there with Adam's then girlfriend, with whom Mr Morris had a "brief fling" the previous year.

Kicked

A friend of Mr Morris later went to the toilet and saw a fight in progress. Another friend pulled away Morgan while Adam repeatedly kicked the victim in the head and face as he lay on the ground.

Mr Morris was taken to the Mater Hospital where he was treated overnight for injuries including a large bruise over his forehead and eye.

Gda McCormack agreed with defence counsel for Adam Duke, Justin McQuade, that the victim and the brothers were known to each other.

"There was history between the young lady and Mr Morris and Adam Duke and the infidelity hurt Mr Duke," said counsel.

"Tensions came to a head, and although it was a personal matter it doesn't justify the incident."

Judge Carmel Stewart said it was fortunate Mr Morris's injuries were less serious than initially feared. On handing down the sentences, Judge Stewart said she was giving both brothers "the opportunity to make the most of their lives".

Irish Independent

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