Wednesday 16 October 2019

Man 'glassed' after he had criticised 'loud' group of drinkers

Eoin McKinley: Smashed glass in victim’s face. Photo: Colins Courts
Eoin McKinley: Smashed glass in victim’s face. Photo: Colins Courts

Brion Hoban

A man smashed a glass into another man's face after overhearing him criticise the loudness of his friends, a court has heard.

Eoin McKinley (22), of Whitestown Avenue, Blanchardstown, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Weatherspoon's, Westend Retail Park, in Blanchardstown, on May 30, 2016.

Garda Sean Grehan told Diarmuid Collins BL, prosecuting, the injured party was drinking with a friend in the pub when he noticed a group of men making a lot of noise in the beer garden.

The man remarked to his friend they were being loud and was overheard by the group. McKinley threw a glass towards their table which smashed on a fence.

A fight broke out during which McKinley smashed a glass into the face of the injured party, who sustained a broken nose and a scar on his left eyebrow.

In a victim impact statement, the man said his total financial loss due to medical bills and lost wages was €1,000. He said he believed alcohol was the biggest factor in causing the altercation.

Father-of-one McKinley had no previous convictions and had not come to adverse garda attention since.

Gda Grehan agreed with Mark Lynam BL, defending, it was clear McKinley was quite intoxicated.

Judge Melanie Greally described the assault as "a very serious glassing" due to the victim being hit near his eye. She ordered a community service report and adjourned the matter until June 25.

Irish Independent

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