Thug escapes sanctions for violence
Victims of anti-social behaviour can be left with long-lasting physical and mental scars, writes Wayne O'Connor
A nose-breaking punch isn't as painful as it sounds but the inconvenience and stigma that come with being the victim of a violent assault are immeasurable.
My nose was shattered after I was set upon in my home town of Killarney, Co Kerry. My apparent crime was to sit and wait for a taxi with a friend after a night out.
I needed surgery, three trips to hospital and two weeks off work just to get myself back in the right place physically.