Tuesday 20 March 2018

Clubber accused of 'breaking man's jaw with punch in dancefloor dispute that started between girlfriends'

Shane Kirkwood
Shane Kirkwood

Andrew Phelan

A DUBLIN man has been sent for trial accused of breaking a clubber’s jaw with a single punch following a dancefloor dispute that started between their girlfriends.

Shane Kirkwood (24) allegedly hit the man - an acquaintance - in the face, leaving him in need of surgery to insert titanium plates in his jaw.

The row happened at a nightclub in Temple Bar, Dublin District Court heard.

Judge Michael Walsh sent him for trial to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after a book of evidence was served on him.

Mr Kirkwood, with an address at The Coombe, Dublin 8, is charged with assault causing harm to Aaron Cruise at Sin Nightclub, Sycamore Street on October 16, 2011.

The defendant was remanded on continuing bail pending his trial.

Sgt Zita Woods said the accused and alleged victim were known to each other but were not friends.

She said it would be alleged that there was a dispute on the night between the two men’s girlfriends.

During this, it was alleged that the injured party’s girlfriend “slightly struck” Mr Kirkwood and her hand may have connected with his face.

This led to an altercation in which the defendant allegedly hit Mr Cruise once in the face, leaving him with a broken jaw. This required surgery involving the insertion of two titanium plates.

Sgt Woods said the incident was not reported to gardai until the following night and the accused was later charged.

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