Sunday 26 January 2020

Builder spared jail after paying €10,000 to victim of unprovoked attack in Copper Face Jacks


A CONSTRUCTION worker has been spared a criminal conviction and jail after he paid €10,000 in compensation to a man he injured in an unprovoked attack in Dublin nightclub Copper Face Jacks.

Garry Rynhart (23), of Ballycanew, in Gorey, Co Wexford, had pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court last year to assault causing harm, on March 3, 2010. He had no prior criminal convictions and had already paid €5,000 in compensation to the victim. Judge Cormac Dunne had held that he should pay a further €5,000.

Tthe case resumed today and Judge Dunne noted that Rynhart had paid the money in full and had not come to further garda attention. Judge Dunne said Rynhart had discharged his duty to society and to his victim and had hopefully learned a lesson, he then struck out the case.

Judge Dunne had been told that Rynhart knocked into a table where the complainant had been sitting in the Dublin club.

Rynhart said nothing and then went around the man. “The injured party glanced to see where the defendant was; all of a sudden the injured party received an extremely hard full-force punch to the face, knocking him to the ground,” the court had heard.

Judge Dunne had noted that a medical report on the victim showed he suffered a fractured nose. It also referred to him suffering numbness to his cheek and upper gum after the attack.

Prosecuting Garda Eoin Cooper spoke to the victim last year and learned that he then was still suffering from numbness in his left cheek, but the feeling to his gum had returned.

However, the court had heard that the victim still had a slight bump on his nose which would have to be broken again if he decided to have an operation to have it reset.

The defence had asked the court to note that Rynhart had become depressed after he dropped out of a college course in civil engineering. He had “too much time on his hands” and began drinking heavily.

Judge Dunne had noted that Rynhart had no prior criminal convictions and testimonials which were furnished to the court.

The court had been told that Rynhart later got work in Poland and was helping to support his family.

Earlier in the proceedings, Judge Dunne had said he had to consider whether Rynhart should be left with a criminal conviction for the rest of his life for an offence committed when he was a young man. He had also said the court had to take into account the effects of the “indiscriminate” assault on the victim.

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