Saturday 25 November 2017

UCD science student broke TV3 cameraman’s nose in a pub attack

Cillian Worrall (23) of Terenure, Dublin, who pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Ronan Quinlan at McSorley's Pub, in Ranelagh, on August 8 last year. Pic: Courts Collins.
Cillian Worrall (23) of Terenure, Dublin, who pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Ronan Quinlan at McSorley's Pub, in Ranelagh, on August 8 last year. Pic: Courts Collins.

By Andrew Phelan

A UCD SCIENCE student who broke a TV3 cameraman’s nose in a pub attack has been told by a judge he must not come to the attention of the gardai for a year before the case is finalised.

Cillian Worrall (23) had his case adjourned for 12 months at Dublin District Court but Judge Michael Walsh said it could be re-entered in the event of any "misconduct" by the accused.

Worrall, of Fortfield Avenue, Terenure, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Ronan Quinlan at McSorley’s Pub, Ranelagh on August 9 last.

He entered his plea last week and the case was back before the court today.

The defendant's lawyer said he had since received a letter of claim in relation to the incident.

Judge Walsh noted that the accused was of previously good character and what happened "appeared to be an unusual incident."

The judge said he now wanted to give him an opportunity to deal with civil matters arising from the notification he had received.

The judge said he was adjourning the case for a year on the basis that Worrall does not come to the attention of the gardai again and continues with his education.

The judge said "all of that will be factored in," in his decision.

Previously, the court heard Worrall did not know Mr Quinlan before he struck him in the face “out of the blue” in an unprovoked assault.

Worrall had no recollection of the attack and could not explain why he did it, but believed someone might have "interfered with" his drink on the night.

Worrall had no prior acquaintance with the victim, had “no grouse” with him and had no explanation to offer him for the assault, his solicitor said.

The accused had been out with friends on the night and when he arrived at the pub began behaving “rather strangely.”

He had “tried to infiltrate Mr Quinlan’s circle of acquaintances” with which he had no prior involvement,” his solicitor said.

“He was rebuffed, returned and completely out of the blue struck Mr Quinlan.”

The court heard the defendant was in his final year studying medicinal chemistry.

“He’s a well educated, well-behaved and diligent young man,” his solicitor continued.

“His family and acquaintances are driven to the conclusion that in some way his drinks were interfered with."

Worrall had apologised to Mr Quinlan and offered the victim €2,000 as a token of his remorse, which was accepted.

The judge previously said he was “familiar with the plight of young graduates” and said a conviction could have a very serious adverse effect on Worrall's efforts to get employment.

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