Fitness instructor was 'out of control' with drink
A FITNESS instructor who was "out of control" with alcohol and assaulted another man may escape a conviction if he pays compensation to his victim.
Neal O'Keeffe was warned by Judge Dermot Dempsey to have €1,750 in compensation by June and he "will take a certain course" – otherwise O'Keeffe will face a conviction.
O'Keeffe (21) of Estuary Court in Swords pleaded guilty before Swords District Court to assault causing harm to Ciaran Stone on July 22, 2012, at Forrester Way in Swords.
Garda Shane McGuinn gave evidence that a group of men were involved in a dispute and O'Keeffe struck Mr Stone causing him to fall to the ground. Mr Stone received facial injuries and missed three weeks' work as a barman as a result of his injuries.
O'Keeffe, who has no previous convictions, admitted to gardai that he had assaulted Mr Stone. Defence solicitor, Ms Fiona Darcy, said the 21-year-old who has recently qualified as a fitness instructor and has a number of boot camps running in the area, was out drinking and " couldn't handle his drink."
"He was far too intoxicated and foolishly struck out. He is ashamed of himself," said Ms Darcy. Ms Darcy said O'Keeffe is more than willing to pay compensation.
Judge Dempsey told O'Keeffe to have the compensation in court by June 12.