Student punched girl in club after drinking five pints and ten Jager bomb
A Dublin college student has avoided a jail term for an unprovoked nightclub attack on a girl “in a spasm of misguided jealousy”.
Andrew Moore (19) had drunk five pints of lager and ten “Jager bomb” cocktails before swinging a punch at the girl and knocking her to the floor.
Moore of Charlemont pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm in Alchemy night club, Temple Bar, Dublin on March 28, 2014.
Judge Martin Nolan suspended a two year prison sentence on condition that Moore collects €3,000 to be offered to the victim as a token of his remorse.
He said this should be paid over to the gardaí within the next 18 months and that if the victim didn’t wish to receive it the court would deal with the money.
The judge noted that Moore pleaded guilty and has no previous convictions. He said the attack was unprovoked and a “cowardly act”.
He said that Moore’s motives were unclear. He suggested he was acting in “a spasm of misguided jealousy of some kind” but added that “it’s difficult to know”.
Garda Sergeant Mark Looby told the court that the victim still had some slight scarring at her eye. In a victim impact report she said that she is more cautious going out now and that she didn’t want to come to court and look at the offender.
Sgt Looby said that Moore initially denied having any feelings for the victim but later told gardaí that his feelings were stronger than he had admitted.
The victim, who cannot be identified because she is a juvenile, was known to Moore through other friends. He had spoken to her in the club earlier in the night.
At the end of the night he walked up to her and swung at her from behind, knocking her to the floor before running away.
After his arrest he told gardai he was ashamed, saying: “I'm a disgrace, and I’m shocked. I’m sorry”.
Karl Monaghan BL, defending, said this was an extreme case of over indulgence in alcohol. He said that Moore has no anger management issues and pointed out that he never received a red card as a footballer.