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Patrick Fitzpatrick played Zumo Bishop on the soap

Patrick Fitzpatrick played Zumo Bishop on the soap

Patrick Fitzpatrick played Zumo Bishop on the soap

The ex-partner of former 'Fair City' actor Patrick Fitzpatrick said there was "no justice" after he won an appeal against the severity of his sentence for punching and choking her.

The Dublin actor, who played Zumo Bishop in the RTÉ soap, was jailed for one month last year for viciously assaulting his then girlfriend.

However, an appeal court suspended the balance of the sentence yesterday after Fitzpatrick (29) served just two days in prison for the attack.

Saying he did not see "any purpose" in jailing him, Judge James O'Donohoe put Fitzpatrick on probationary supervision for two years and told him he was a "very lucky man".

His victim, Sarah Behan, broke down in tears in court.

Fitzpatrick, of Hollytree Terrace, Ballymun, was sentenced at Blanchardstown District Court last July for assault causing harm to Ms Behan on September 18, 2016, at an address in Blanchardstown.

He had pleaded guilty and the sentence was imposed by Judge David McHugh. But two days later, the actor was released pending the appeal, which was heard at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The judge said Fitzpatrick's probation report was positive and he didn't see "any purpose" in imposing a prison sentence.

Instead, he suspended the balance of the one-month sentence and put Fitzpatrick on a bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for two years, on condition he does not communicate with Ms Behan.

He warned the sentence would be reactivated if he reoffended or breached the conditions.

"So no justice for me then," the victim said.

"The victims are very highly stressed.

"You are a very lucky man you are not serving further time," the judge told him.

Irish Independent