Friday 19 January 2018

Man left pub-goer with wound to eyebrow after assaulting him with belt

Judge's gavel
Judge's gavel

Declan Conlon

A man who took off his belt to assault another man in a Swords nightclub has been given a suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Ronan Gormley (30) of Riverside Grove, Coolock, Dublin pleaded guilty to assault causing harm, producing an instrument and obstructing a peace officer at Wrights Café Bar, Malahide Road, Swords on November 11, 2013. Gormley has no previous convictions.

Garda Karen Duffy told a previous hearing that Mark Rogers was socialising in Wrights on the night of the assault. He went to the smoking area to have a cigarette, where he saw Gormley speaking to a woman who was indicating that she was not interested in his advances.

Mr Rogers addressed Gormley, who reacted by taking off his belt and assaulting him. Mr Rogers suffered a 1.5 cm wound on his left eyebrow that required stitches.

Security personnel restrained Gormley and held him until gardaí arrived. He was described by Gda Duffy as being abusive and aggressive towards them and in a drunken state, but polite and respectful once he sobered up.

Counsel for Mr Gormley said he has since paid €2000 in compensation to Mr Rogers and had taken steps to understand his use of alcohol.

Suspending all of a two and a half year sentence, Judge Mary Ellen Ring said that Gormley was an adult who drank to excess and was the author of his own actions. She took into account his guilty plea, compensation paid and lack of previous convictions and ordered Gormley to engage with probation services for eighteen months.

Judge Ring said it was “sadly familiar” to the court to hear about young men going out drinking and becoming embroiled in physical altercations.

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