Monday 10 December 2018

Chef struck man in head with glass

Nicola Donnelly

A chef who smashed a glass over a MMA fighter's head in a random attack while they were in the smoking area of a north Dublin nightclub claimed he acted in a 'moment of madness' because his emotions were high following a row with his girlfriend.

Garry Foley (24) left MMA fighter Ian Garry with cuts to the side of his head and ear which required hospital treatment. After he gave Mr Garry €1,250 in compensation and shook hands to apologise to Mr Garry in court, Judge Dermot Dempsey applied Section 1.1 of the Probation Act.

Swords District Court heard the defendant, of The Beech, Clonshaugh Road in Dublin 17 was extremely intoxicated when he went into the smoking area.

Mr Garry was talking to a friend when the defendant, who was not known to him, approached him and smashed a glass over his head. He was brought to Beaumont Hospital by ambulance where he received treatment for cuts to the left side of his head and ear. Foley was detained by security staff before being arrested by gardai.

'The defendant was extremely intoxicated and a danger to himself and others,' said Sergeant Bob Kavanagh. Sgt Kavanagh handed photographs of the injuries sustained by the victim to the judge but said there was no medical report available.

The defendant pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Garry causing him harm on September 17, 2017 at Tamangos Nightclub in Portmarnock. The defendant's solicitor said the 24-year-old, who works as a chef at Brass Monkey in Howth, was 'extremely drunk and a danger to himself' on the night.

'Emotions were high as he had a row with his girlfriend and in a moment of madness smashed the glass,' the solicitor said, adding the defendant has been extremely remorseful at all times. 'And he is lucky Mr Garry did not deal with him on the night - given Mr Garry's background,' the solicitor said.

'It was completely out of character and he has written an apology letter to Mr Garry,' the solicitor added.

After applying the Probation Act, Judge Dempsey warned the defendant: 'You better stay off drink. You could have caused serious injury. Mr Garry is being more than reasonable so if you can't handle drink stay off it.'

Fingal Independent