A man assaulted a delivery driver who later transpired to be his former schoolmate, a court has heard.
Matthew Grogan (22) of Bramley Terrace, Applewood Village, Swords, Co Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Applewood Square, Swords, on October 25, 2019.
Grogan also pleaded guilty to unauthorised use of a motor propelled vehicle at Thornleigh Terrace, Swords, on November 4, 2019. He has 42 previous convictions, including convictions for robbery, burglary and theft.
Detective Garda Karen Duffy told Garret Baker BL, prosecuting, that on the date in October, Nikita Olijniks was on his way to make his final delivery while driving in a car with his girlfriend.
Det Gda Duffy said Mr Olijniks got out of the car to make the delivery and was walking towards the address when he heard his girlfriend screaming. He turned to see Grogan in the driver seat of the car, another person also in the car and a third person acting as a lookout.
Mr Olijniks threw the delivery at one of the culprits, opened the driver side door and punched Grogan two or three times in the face. Mr Olijniks was hit in the back of the head by another person and fell to the ground.
The court heard that the person who had ordered the delivery observed Mr Olijniks being kicked in the head by Grogan.
Det Gda Duffy said that on the date in November, a car owned by Jennifer Kilbride went missing and was observed by a friend of hers being driven by Grogan. Ms Kilbride's friend blocked the car with his van and pulled Grogan out of it, who was later arrested.
In interview with gardaí, Grogan said he knew the car was stolen and that he had been told to drive the car to a particular location by people to whom he owed a drug debt.
Grogan told gardaí that he knew Mr Olijniks as they had attended the same school and asked them to convey his apologises. He said he only realised he knew the injured party after the assault.
Patrick Jackson BL, defending, said his client did not intend to use violence on the night in October and did not expect the victim's girlfriend to be in the car. Counsel said that at the age of 16 his client discovered that his father was serving a life sentence in prison and that he had siblings of whom he had been previously unaware. He said it was around this time that Grogan commenced using drugs.
Judge Karen O'Connor ordered a probation report and adjourned the matter for finalisation on October 7, next.