Saturday 18 November 2017

Suspended sentence for NZ rugby player over assault in Dublin bar

Dicey Reilly's
Dicey Reilly's

Andrew Phelan

A RUGBY player who struck a man with a glass in a Dublin pub has been given an eight-month suspended sentence.

Tyron Davies (23), whose assault left the victim's face scarred, avoided jail after paying €5,000 compensation.

Judge John Cheatle suspended the sentence for a year at Dublin District Court.

Davies pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to the man at Dicey Reilly's Bar in the Russell Court Hotel on Harcourt St on November 12 last.

The victim was left with three scars on his face which he feared could affect his career and require plastic surgery.

Davies brought a letter of apology to court and his solicitor Alice O'Reilly said he had €200 to offer the victim.

Judge Cheatle said this amount went "nowhere near" what was needed.

He adjourned the case and Davies returned with €5,000.

"I'm sure Mr Davies is a decent young man who made a bad decision," Judge Cheatle said. "But there are consequences for (the victim.)

The judge said the injured party had "permanent and disfiguring scars."

Previously, Garda James McHugh said when he got to the scene, the victim was in an ambulance receiving treatment to lacerations to his face.

The man had been involved in an altercation in the pub during which words were exchanged with Davies who was not known to him.

Davies had struck the man in the face and he was “holding a glass at the time, the glass broke on impact which caused lacerations on his face”.

Davies also had a cut to his hand as a result of the glass breaking.

The accused had drink taken and was co-operative at all stages following his arrest.

Gda McHugh said when interviewed, Davies did not realise the seriousness of what happened and expressed remorse.

The garda agreed with Ms O'Reilly that when Davies came to his senses he was very shaken by his behaviour and was extremely emotional about his actions.

Gda McHugh also agreed that the incident had a huge effect on Davies who came to Ireland to do voluntary work in a Kildare rugby club.

Ms O'Reilly said her client lived off savings and was struggling to make ends meet.

He had no prior criminal convictions here and just a minor conviction in New Zealand for a road traffic offence.

She furnished the court with a letter from his employer and a letter of apology.

Judge Cheatle noted from a victim impact statement that Davies left the man with three visible scars to his face: on his nose, under his eye and one on his cheek.

The trainee accountant was informed by a plastic surgeon that he would have to wait six months to establish if the scars will heal naturally or require an operation.

The scars under his eye and the under on his nose were clearing however the mark on his cheek had not lessened as much.

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