Friday 15 December 2017

'Fair City' actor bit, punched ex-partner

Actor Patrick Fitzpatrick
Actor Patrick Fitzpatrick

Andrew Phelan

A 'Fair City' star has admitted biting his ex-partner's arm and punching her in the face in a drunken attack at his Dublin home.

Patrick Fitzpatrick (33) set upon the woman after he had been drinking at his house in the north of the city.

The actor, who played Zumo Bishop in the popular RTÉ soap, pleaded guilty to assault and his case is due to be finalised before the courts today.

Fitzpatrick admitted a charge of assault causing harm to Theresa Gannon at his home at Hollytree Terrace, Ballymun, on September 4, 2015.

Previously, Dublin District Court heard the victim was at the accused's home on the day in question when he became aggressive. He threw two punches at her face and bit her upper right arm.

The court heard Ms Gannon was left with bruising to her face. The bite did not break her skin. A medical report on Ms Gan­non's injuries was presented to the court and this was read by the judge.

Fitzpatrick had already en­tered his plea and was on bail when his case came before the court yesterday.

His barrister told Judge Grainne Malone the accused had already pleaded guilty before Judge John Lindsay, and the case would have to go back to that judge for finalisation.

A pre-sentence probation re­port had been ordered and the court heard this was favourable to Fitzpatrick. His barrister said the issue of compensation had also been "canvassed".

Judge Malone said she was agreeing to a one-day adjourn­ment only because Judge Lind­say had specifically noted that he would be dealing with the case.

Fitzpatrick, wearing a navy blazer, blue jeans, grey waist­coat, white shirt and navy tie, remained silent during the brief proceedings. He was remanded on con­tinuing bail.

Fitzpatrick was last seen on 'Fair City' in 2016, when he returned to the popular soap for one episode. He was a cast member be­tween 2007 and 2013 before quitting the show.

Irish Independent

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