Friday 23 March 2018

Student broke love rival's nose and tooth

Nicola Donnelly

A COLLEGE student from south Dublin "lashed out" and assaulted his ex-girlfriend's current boyfriend fracturing his nose and tooth in an unprovoked attack in a nightclub.

Alex O'Mahony "saw red" when he witnessed his former girlfriend Imogen Ryan kiss her current boyfriend Mark Russell while she was out celebrating her birthday with friends.

O'Mahony (22), of Stradbrook Hall in Blackrock, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Mark Russell on November 13, 2008. O'Mahony has no previous convictions.

Garda Brian McLoughlin told Tara Burns, prosecuting, that O'Mahony received a text message from one of Ms Ryan's friends to say they were in a Dublin nightclub.

O'Mahony went to the club and had "a couple of drinks" and then saw Mr Russell kissing his former girlfriend.

"He walked over to them and then hit Mr Russell in the face three times. He then walked away. Mr Russell was fairly dazed and his nose was bleeding," Gda McLoughlin said.

Mr Russell was brought to the bathroom area by a member of staff, who then left him there alone. O'Mahony went into the bathroom and hit Mr Russell again from behind.

"Mr Russell was knocked against the sink and the accused delivered a further blow," said Gda McLoughlin.

Mr Russell went to St James's Hospital, where he was treated for a fracture to his nasal bone and a laceration to his lip. He also suffered a fractured tooth in the assault.

Ms Burns said Mr Russell was "still nervous when he goes out and does not like leaving the company of his friends. He is also conscious about the way his nose looks now." Counsel for the accused said his client was "deeply and sincerely apologetic and disgusted" at his actions. Judge Desmond Hogan remanded O'Mahony on bail for sentencing in October.

"There is no evidence to suggest he went for the purpose of what he did. But he ultimately did assault the present boyfriend of his ex," the judge said.

"Whether he reacted to what he saw, we don't know but he did react." The injured party had "no possible means to defend himself as he did not see him coming at him and he had a second go at him".

Irish Independent

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