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Student freed after scarring victim in pub

A STUDENT who punched another student with a closed fist as he stood talking to his girlfriend in an unprovoked attack in a pub was drunk on tequila shots.

Daniel Hyland (21) left his victim with a permanent scar underneath his eye.

He was before the court for sentencing after a judge ordered a probation report.

Judge James McDonnell sentenced Hyland to 11 months in prison -- but he suspended it for three years.

Hyland, of Nephin Road, in Cabra, had previously admitted before Tallaght District Court to assault causing harm, contrary to Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997.

The incident took place at Taylors Three Rock Public House, Kellystown Road, Rathfarnham, on October 29 last year.

Garda Sergeant Bernard Jones previously told the court the victim was at a college social night with his girlfriend when Hyland approached him and punched him with a closed fist to the left side of his head.

The victim was left with a deep cut below the eye and was badly bruised.

He went to a VHI Swiftcare Clinic to receive treatment, and the court heard the victim still has a scar underneath his eye.

Sgt Jones said the victim did not know Hyland.

Defence solicitor Andrew Sheridan said Hyland had consumed several shots of tequila on the night in question.

He said his client was very remorseful of his behaviour.

The court heard that Hyland recently failed his second year exams, and while he hoped to repeat the year he could not go back to college as he cannot afford the €3,500 in fees.

Judge McDonnell sentenced Hyland to 11 months imprisonment and suspended the sentence for three years.