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Tokic, of College View, Ballymun, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Portobello Bar, Richmond Street, on May 26, 2018. He has no previous convictions. (stock photo)

Tokic, of College View, Ballymun, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Portobello Bar, Richmond Street, on May 26, 2018. He has no previous convictions. (stock photo)

Tokic, of College View, Ballymun, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Portobello Bar, Richmond Street, on May 26, 2018. He has no previous convictions. (stock photo)

A father who knocked out the two front teeth of another man after he claimed the victim laughed at his penis while he was urinating in a pub bathroom has received a fully suspended sentence.

Slaven Tokic (41) told gardaí he had been at the urinals in Dublin's Portobello Bar when he said the man beside him started pointing at his penis and laughing at him. "He was making a joke about me and pointing at my penis while I was urinating and laughing."

He said as they were then both leaving the bathroom they were shouldering each other trying to get out the small doorway.

Tokic said he returned to his table when the man approached him and said something to him but he couldn't remember what before he punched him.

Tokic, of College View, Ballymun, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Portobello Bar, Richmond Street, on May 26, 2018. He has no previous convictions.

Passing sentence yesterday, Judge Melanie Greally noted Tokic offered €4,000 in compensation which the injured man was happy to accept.

She sentenced Tokic to two years' imprisonment, but she suspended the sentence in full on strict conditions including that he hand over the money to the victim within 48 hours.

At an earlier sentencing hearing, Garda Stephen Grogan told the court the victim approached him on his arrival at the bar and told him he had been the subject of an "unprovoked assault".

Irish Independent