Man who attacked Christmas shopper for telling his girlfriend not to litter sentenced to three and a half years
A man who attacked a Christmas shopper for telling his girlfriend not to litter has been sentenced to three and a half years.
Neil Curran (32) of Moyclare Avenue, Baldoyle, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the assault causing harm to Peter Lynch on December 17, 2013 at Airside Retail Park, Swords, Dublin.
Judge Martin Nolan handed down a sentence of three and a half years, with the final 22 months suspended on strict conditions.
Garda Simon Gerrard told the court that Mr Lynch had been Christmas shopping with his wife and 13-year-old daughter on December 17 and returned to his car in the Airside carpark at 7.30pm. Mr Lynch spotted a woman throwing rubbish out her car window and onto the ground.
Mr Lynch approached the woman and said, “Wouldn’t you be better throwing that rubbish in the bin?”
The court heard that the woman got out of the car and became immediately aggressive, pushing Mr Lynch in his chest, and shouting at him. Mr Lynch was then hit from behind on the head by Curran, who was the woman’s boyfriend, and became disorientated.
The court heard that Curran continued to hit Mr Lynch until his nose was bleeding heavily, at which point he fell to the ground. Curran kicked Mr Lynch, before getting into his car and leaving the retail park.
Mr Lynch sustained severe injuries to his head, including a soft tissue injury to one eye, severe swelling to his cheek and a chipped tooth.
The court heard that Curran and his girlfriend went to a garda station later that day and reported the incident, after which Curran was arrested. Curran told gardaí he thought Mr Lynch was attacking his girlfriend, and had flown into a ‘blind rage’.
Curran admitted that what he did was a ‘cowardly act’ and later apologised to the victim. Curran also offered a bond of €3000 to Mr Lynch as a token of remorse.
Judge Nolan took into account Curran’s early guilty plea and cooperation with the gardaí, but said he had no choice but to impose a prison term for the "cowardly assault".