Sunday 22 July 2018

Man jailed for three years over concert bottle attack

A MAN who smashed a glass bottle over a concert-goer at a Swedish House Mafia gig has been jailed for three years.

Karl Higgins (20) of Shancastle Lawns, Clondalkin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to violent disorder on July 7, 2012 in the Phoenix Park in Dublin.

Garda Shane McCartan told Derek Cooney BL, prosecuting, that he had been on undercover duty at the concert mingling with the crowd when he witnessed the unprovoked attack.

Shortly after 9pm, a scuffle broke out between eight men and four women before another concert-goer, Andrew England, tried to intervene as a peacemaker.

Gda McCartan said he saw Higgins attacking Mr England from behind by smashing a glass bottle over his head and then jabbing the jagged neck of the bottle into his elbow.

A co-accused, Raymond Donnan (23) of Greenfort Crescent, Clondalkin, has pleaded guilty to assault causing harm and will be sentenced at a later date.

Judge Martin Nolan sentenced Higgins to five years in jail with the final two years suspended.

Irish Independent

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