Monday 19 February 2018

Mechanic 'glassed' in face after telling man to stop pestering girlfriend awarded €60,000

Andrew Mulligan (28), of Castletown, Leixlip, Co. Kildare, leaving the High Court PIC: COURTPIX
Andrew Mulligan (28), of Castletown, Leixlip, Co. Kildare, leaving the High Court PIC: COURTPIX

A man who was "glassed" in the face after he told another man to stop pestering his girlfriend has been awarded a total €60,000 damages by a High Court judge.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross said Andrew Mulligan has been left with a severe scar about one and a half inches long near his upper lip following the incident.

Mr Mulligan, a mechanic of Castletown, Leixlip, Co Kildare had sued Conor Heneghan, Rockfield Manor, Maynooth, Co Kildare over the assault at a nightclub in Kildare on December 11, 2011.

It was claimed Mr Heneghan reacted aggressively when Mr Mulligan said "That's my girlfiend, that's not on" after Mr Heneghan had acted inappropriately towards her.

Mark O'Connell BL, for Mr Mulligan, said Mr Heneghan had been convicted in relation to the asault and sentenced to three and a half years, with 18 months suspended, and was now on temporary release from prison.

At the time of the criminal case, Mr Heneghan was remorseful and paid €10,000 compensation to Mr Mulligan, counsel said.

The case was before the High Court for assessment of damages only.

Counsel said Mr Mulligan had been with his then girlfriend in a nightclub on December 11, 2011. She went to the toilet but on her return was very upset and said Mr Heneghan had tried to kiss her.

When Mr Mulligan told Mr Heneghan what he had done was "not on", Mr Heneghan, who was intoxicated, head butted and punched Mr Mulligan and pushed a pint glass into the left side of his face.

Mr Mulligan told the court "a pint glass was pushed in my face and I was  punched. A friend pulled me out of the premises."

Making the award, Mr Justice Cross said it was a "very nasty" assault.

Awarding €70,000, he deducted €10,000 for the compensation already handed over by Mr Heneghan, bringing the total award to €60,000.

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