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Teen is jailed for bat attack on pal

A TEENAGER who fractured his friend's skull with a baseball bat during a drunken row over money has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail.

Wayne Stanley (19), of Ballyfermot Crescent, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm on June 8, 2008.

Judge Katherine Delahunt said the offence was at the "very serious end" but noted Stanley's young age and co-operation with gardai. She suspended the final 18 months of the term.

Garda Gavin Ryan told Paul Carroll, prosecuting, that a witness told gardai how she saw someone matching the descriptioon of Stanley strike Eric Reilly across the head with a baseball bat after the pair argued over money.

Stanley said in interview that he swung at Reilly intending to hit his former friend and neighbour in the leg, but accidentally hit his head as he was falling.

Stanley, who was just 17 at the time, told gardai that he would not intentionally hit someone in the head and said that he rested Reilly's head in his lap and told others to "mind him" before leaving the scene.