A FLORIST punched his neighbour in the eye in a row that started over their wives' "gossip".
Melvin Assinuddin (44) punched the victim outside his home following a dispute in which their wives -- who had been best friends -- fell out.
The accused, a father-of-two, admitted hitting the man as he "took the law into his own hands" to settle the row.
Judge Murrough Connellan bound him to the peace for a year and fined him €250 after he pleaded guilty to a charge of assault.
The incident happened outside the accused's home at Union Lane, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow on August 2, 2009.
The court heard there were three Filipino families living beside each other.
The victim was passing Assinuddin's house to go to the house next door when the accused came out and followed him.
In the fight that ensued, the accused struck the man in the eye with his fist.
The victim suffered a black eye and had to go to his doctor for treatment.
The defendant's solicitor explained that Assinuddin's wife and the wife of the victim were "best of friends who fell out".
This resulted in the fight that happened that morning.
The accused had no previous convictions and made a full admission to what happened. He had been living in Ireland for several years and was working as a florist in Shankill.
"There was some gossip going on about each other, most on the part of both parties' wives", the defendant's solicitor said.
"He took the law into his own hands to settle this business.
"It doesn't look like there will be any repeat of this. It was a one-off occasion.
"All the families live in fairly close proximity and there has been no difficulty with them since".
The defendant's wife was an agency nurse and the couple had two young children.
He was willing to give an undertaking not to interfere with the injured party, the solicitor added.