Wednesday 24 October 2018

Young man (22) paid €2,000 to female victim

Threw pint glass into her face leaving her with a black eye

Swords District Court.
Swords District Court.

A young man who got into an argument with a woman and threw a pint glass into her face in the early hours of the morning has been given the benefit of the Probation Act after he made a €2,000 compensation payment to the injured party.

The pint glass didn't shatter but left the woman with a black eye, a court has heard.

The defendant, Eanna Toner (22) claimed he is genuinely remorseful and said he is not able to deal with drinking alcohol. Since the assault he has sought counselling and treatment and has abstained from alcohol.

The defendant, of Mill Street Apartments in Dundalk pleaded guilty at Swords District Court to assault causing harm, contrary to Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act to the woman on January 20th at Oaklawns Avenue in Swords.

He has no previous convictions.

The injured party told the court she has since made a full recovery but said she has been harassed by his friends on several occasions since.

'His friends asked me what happened and why am I doing this to him,' she told Judge Dermot Dempsey, adding the most recent incident was in August but nothing has happened since.

Defence solicitor John Hennessy said the defendant had only disclosed the assault incident to a couple of people and that he didn't instigate any contact with the injured party.

Mr Hennessy said the defendant made full admissions and is in full time employment.

'He realises the seriousness of the assault and what could have happened (if the glass shattered),' said Mr Hennessy.

'He is not able to deal with drink and has and will fully abstain from alcohol,' he said.

'It has genuinely given him a shock and the court will never see him again for an offence involving alcohol. He is genuinely remorseful.'

He said a conviction for Section 3 assault will have catastrophic consequences and will see him lose his job and asked Judge Dermot Dempsey to consider the Probation Act as the defendant is prepared to offer €2,000 in compensation.

After the compensation was handed over, Judge Dempsey applied Section 1.1 of the Probation Act and ordered the defendant to undertake an anger management course.

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