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Man who beat up his ex avoids conviction after paying her €2,000 compo

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A YOUNG man attacked and injured his ex-girlfriend in a street near her home when he saw her returning from a night out, a court heard.

Harry Milman (22) struck the woman about the head and body with his hands and feet, leaving her severely bruised.

Sitting at Dublin District Court, Judge Anthony Halpin left Milman without a criminal record after he paid €2,000 in compensation to the victim, who is also in her early 20s.

He struck out the charge after the accused admitted assaulting the victim.

Milman, of Priory North, Ashtown, Dublin 7, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to the woman at Ashington Green on November 10 last year. The charge is under Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

The DPP had consented to the case being dealt with at District Court level.

Gda Derrick Campion of Cabra station told the court the accused and victim had been in a relationship previously which had broken down.

She was not in his company on the night and was returning home at 4.45am when the accused saw her and approached her.

He began striking her with his hands and feet, leaving her with bruises to her body, hands and face.

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She attended a doctor for treatment for her injuries. Initially, she had a suspected fracture to her face but went for X-rays and these showed no broken bones.

A medical report was presented to the court.

The accused was cooperative with the gardai when they questioned him after the assault.

Gda Campion said the victim, who was not present in court, seemed to have got on with her life now.

Milman had drunk a naggin of whiskey after being refused entry to a party on the night, his solicitor Amanda Connolly said. He had also been on medication.

He was no longer drinking, she said. He regretted the incident and had no previous convictions.

Ms Connolly added that she did not think the gravity of the situation was lost on the accused or his family. The defendant's parents were in court with him.

Judge Halpin said if he were to consider not recording a conviction, he would need €2,000 to be paid to the victim.

He said he could adjourn the case to give the accused time to save.

Ms Connolly said the defendant had that sum in court.

"Can you explain to the victim that the court has taken this very seriously and the compensation will never put her back in the place that she was, but it reflects the seriousness that the court places on this matter," Judge Halpin said.

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