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Father hit bus couple for 'jibes over jeans'

A FRENCH football coach beat up a couple on board a Dublin bus because he thought they were racially abusing him, a court heard.

Junior Whittaker (21) "flipped", punching both victims in the face, breaking half the man's tooth off and leaving his girlfriend's face bruised.

Whittaker had arrived in Ireland from Paris to study English only days earlier and had been repeatedly taunted by youths.

He flew into a rage when the bus passengers, who he had not met before, made "jibes" about his homeboy attire, including hip hop-style low-slung jeans that exposed his underwear.

Whittaker, of Paris, admitted assault causing harm to the woman (21) and the man (22). Dublin District Court heard the incident happened on a bus on the Navan Road in Cabra on April 12 this year.



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When the victims then made fun of him on the bus he "may have misunderstood or misinterpreted that he was being racially abused," defence solicitor Leanora Frawley said.

"He had been at a local bowling club and he had been taunted in relation to his clothing, which was a homeboy outfit - low-slung jeans and a baseball cap," she explained. "By the time he was going home, he had reached the end of his tether."

Whittaker, a father-of-one, was genuinely remorseful for what happened, she said, and offered all his €5,000 bail money in compensation.

Judge Catherine Staines left him without convictions after saying €2,000 each for the victims was enough in compensation for the attack.

aphelan@herald.ie


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