Wednesday 21 March 2018

'Give me €10 or I'll break your jaw' - man sitting outside cafe assaulted by stranger for refusing to give him money

Conor Gallagher

A man who attacked a customer outside a city centre café because he wouldn’t give him any money has been jailed.

The victim, Emmet Maloney, was drinking tea outside the Lemon Jelly Café in the Italian Quarter in Dublin when Lee O’Donoghue sat down opposite him and said he would break his jaw if he didn’t give him €10.

When Mr Maloney refused a struggle ensued and O'Donoghue punched him twice to the head, breaking one of his front teeth. The attacker then fled and was arrested eight months later when he was recognised by one of the gardaí who had seen him on the café’s CCTV footage.

O'Donoghue (21), of Ladyswell, Mulhuddart, admitted the attack but told gardaí that he thought Mr Maloney had “provoked him”.

He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm on July 28, 2012. Judge Carmel Stewart imposed a three-year sentence with the final 18 suspended months on condition that he keeps the peace and engages with drug treatment services.

The court heard that the victim has been reclusive and down since the incident and has been suffering night sweats.

O'Donoghue’s counsel, Sandra Frayne BL said he grew up on the streets and in care and has never had a stable family life. She submitted that he is remorseful for his actions.

Irish Independent

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