Monday 18 December 2017

Young GAA player who broke man's jaw outside chip shop has sentencing adjourned

Man appears in court charged with robbing restaurant
Man appears in court charged with robbing restaurant

A young GAA player who broke a man's jaw following an assault outside a chip shop had his sentencing adjourned for a second time for a Restorative Justice Programme Report.

Balbriggan District Court was informed that there was a mis-communication with the Probation Services and the Restorative Justice Programme report on Samual McGuinness was not ready.

McGuinness (23) assaulted Patrick Butterly outside the Little Chip takeaway in Rush resulting in Mr Butterly receiving a broken jaw, nine stitches to his eye brow and three stables to the back of his head.

Mr Butterly previously told Balbriggan District Court that he lost 10kg in weight as he was unable to eat because of his broken jaw. He also required physiotherapy to retrain his jaw to move and received six cracked teeth which require crowns as a result of the assault.

He said his medical bills so far amount to €42,791 which includes attending a psychologist twice a week due to post-traumatic stress.

McGuinness of Brookfield Park in Rush pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Butterly causing him harm on October 5th last year.

After Judge Dermot Dempsey heard from the injured party as to what his injuries where, he remarked that these differ from a medical report he had received.

'He (McGuinness) is lucky he is not facing more serious charges,' said Judge Dempsey, 'This is a serious assault and if I was aware of the extent of the injuries he would be in the Circuit Court but I cannot change jurisdiction as he has entered a guilty plea.'

McGuinness's solicitor told the court that the 23-year-old, who works in the banking industry, assaulted Mr Butterly as he had drink on board and that Mr Butterly and McGuinness's girlfriend were involved in an argument prior to the assault.

The solicitor said McGuinness, who plays Gaelic football for St Maur's GAA club in Rush,Co Dublin fully co-operated with gardai, has no previous convictions and has €800 with him in court.

'This amount is a long way short of the €42,000 medical bills but he has just bought an apartment and doesn't have much spare cash,' said the solicitor.

Mr Butterly accepted McGuinness's apology in court and McGuinness's solicitor told Judge Dempsey he is seeking a Restorative Justice Programme report.

Judge Dempsey adjourned the case until October 23rd for a Restorative Justice Programme and remanded McGuinness on continuing bail until that date.

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