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Snow Blow thug jailed for vicious attack on waiter

A "Snow Blow" addict who viciously beat a waiter because he "felt like it" has been sentenced to three years in jail.

Brian McDonagh (18) told gardai on his arrest that he wished he did more to his victim and that he "only got a few slaps".

He and a group of males set upon the victim in an unprovoked assault as he was on the way home from a night out.

McDonagh of Carton Terrace, Poppintree, Ballymun, pleaded guilty before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm and handling stolen property at Crampton Court, Dublin 2 on April 4, 2010. He has 13 previous convictions including burglary, robbery and possession of knives.

Defence counsel, Shane Costelloe, said McDonagh and his gang were all taking "Snow Blow", a formerly legal head shop drug, and that his client was "out of control" at the time.

Judge Martin Nolan said the crime was too serious for a non-custodial sentence but suspended the final two years on strict conditions, including 18 months probation supervision.

McDonagh was spotted on CCTV kicking the victim in the head and body. The gang beat the man unconscious before stealing €190 and a camera and fleeing, the court heard.

When asked why he hit the man, McDonagh, who has a partner who is pregnant, said: "I did it because I felt like it; I should have done more to him."