A YOUNG GAA player who broke a man's jaw during an assault outside a chip shop has escaped a conviction after he paid his victim compensation.
Samuel McGuinness (24) assaulted Patrick Butterly, leaving him with a broken jaw and cuts needing nine stitches to his eyebrow and three staples to the back of his head.
Mr Butterly told Balbriggan District Court that he lost 10kg in weight as he was unable to eat because of his broken jaw. He had six cracked teeth which required crowns as a result of the assault. He said his medical bills so far totalled €42,791.
After McGuinness, who has no previous convictions, handed his victim €2,500, Judge Dermot Dempsey struck the charge out and said he is "a lucky man not to be facing more serious charges".
McGuinness (24), of Brookfield Park, Rush, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Butterly causing him harm on October 5, 2013 at Little Chip Inn in Rush.
The court had heard that McGuinness, who plays football for St Maur's in Rush, assaulted Mr Butterly as he had drink on board, and that Mr Butterly and McGuinness' girlfriend were involved in an argument before the assault.
Defence barrister Patrick Jackson said the defendant "completely regrets the incident".
After reading reports from the Restorative Justice Programme and Probation Services, Judge Dempsey agreed to strike the case out once the compensation was handed over.