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Man bit sister's partner in roadside dispute


James Brereton. Photo: Caroline Quinn

James Brereton. Photo: Caroline Quinn

James Brereton. Photo: Caroline Quinn

THIS is the man who bit his sister's partner on the arm during a roadside assault.

James Brereton (39) sunk his teeth into the victim's forearm during the attack, breaking the skin on the man's arm.

Brereton, of Sheepmore Lawns in Blanchardstown, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to seriously assaulting Eddie Ryan.

The incident took place at Sheepmore Gardens in Blanchardstown shortly after 10pm on October 22 last year.

A charge of possession of a hurley stick at the same time and place was struck out.

The court heard that Brereton has never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Peter Connolly said the incident arose out of a domestic situation and Brereton, who had been drinking, accepted that he shouldn't have called around to the house.

Mr Connolly said the defendant's sister is the victim's partner. He said the defendant had received a number of texts, felt harassed, foolishly decided to go over to the house and the pair ended up grappling on the ground.

The court heard that Brereton, a father-of-two, had apologised for his behaviour.

State solicitor Ann Collins said the victim, who did not have any lasting injuries, has since forgiven the defendant.

Mr Connolly said Brereton hopes to travel to Canada with his family to find work, and a conviction would hamper his efforts to get a visa.

Judge David McHugh said the incident arose out of a family dispute and that it was best to move on. He ordered Brereton to donate €300 to the Irish Cancer Society and said he would apply the probation act.