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Boxing champ in nightclub glassing

A former boxing champion who glassed a man in the face three years after he bit off part of another man's ear has been sentenced to six years, with the final two suspended.

Clyde Moran (24) of Larkhill Road, Whitehall, pleaded guilty to assault causing serious harm to Thomas Burns at Bondi Beach nightclub, Ormond Quay, Dublin on November 20, 2008.

Garda Michael Dunne told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that the victim was at the nightclub with friends when Moran hit him with a glass.

The attack caused a laceration to Mr Burns' chin, which required 20 stitches and left him with permanent scarring.

Sean Gillane, defending, said Moran had accepted responsibility for the attack.


Moran accepted that he was in breach of his bond for a suspended sentence he received in 2008 for an assault in 2005.

The court heard the 2005 attack on Paul Smith occurred at Collins Avenue after a party.

Mr Smith was knocked to the ground and kicked by Moran, who bit off a portion of his ear.

A court heard on a previous occasion that Moran was National Youth Boxing Champion at 16 years old.

Mr Gillane said Moran had a difficult background after his father was murdered in 1998 and his stepfather in 2005.

Judge Patrick McCartan reactivated 12 months of the three-year suspended sentence Moran received in relation to Mr Smith.

He sentenced him to five years to run consecutively for the assault on Mr Burns, with the final two years suspended.