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Reveller punched woman driver in car park attack

A REVELLER who leaned into a vehicle in a pub car park and punched the female driver said he thought she and her drunken passengers were shouting abuse at him and his brother.

Stuart Devine (32) kicked the passenger side of the vehicle and put his foot through a window, smashing it, and causing over €1,200 worth of damage.

He also left his victim with a visible gash under her left eye following the night-time assault in Dun Laoghaire.

A judge adjourned the matter to December so gardai can check if the victim still has visible scarring under her eye.

Judge Clare Leonard also told Devine he should bring a large sum of compensation to court .

The defendant, of Mackintosh Park, Pottery Road, Dun Laoghaire, admitted to charges of assault and criminal damage before Dun Laoghaire District Court.

The incident took place in the car park of Bakers Corner Pub, Dun Laoghaire on November 26, 2009.

Sergeant Peadar McCann said the victim and her friends were leaving the car park of Bakers Corner but were blocked in by a taxi so they started to shout at the taxi driver to get out of the way.

Sgt McCann said Devine suddenly ran towards the car, kicked the passenger side and smashed the window with his foot, hitting the victim with his foot and with the glass.

He then leaned in the window and punched her with his fist.

Sgt McCann said the victim had a gash underneath her eye when she reported the matter to gardai.

Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam said Devine thought the victim and her friends were shouting abuse at him and his brother, and he took exception to this abuse.

Mr Lynam said one of the victim's friends had earlier been asked to leave the pub, and when the victim questioned bouncers, she too was kicked out.

He said the victim and her friends were in "high spirits" but Devine accepted he totally misbehaved and over-reacted.

It was not the way he was brought up to behave, said Mr Lynam.