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Thug (20) attacked woman in graveyard

A MAN who assaulted a woman in a graveyard, fracturing her nose, has been given a six-month suspended sentence.

David Donnelly has also been bound to the peace for two years after he pleaded guilty before Balbriggan District Court to assault causing harm to Jennifer Coffey in Lusk Graveyard on August 5, 2012.

Donnelly (20) of Tanner's Way in Lusk, was also ordered to enter a probation bond for 18 months and ordered to comply with all directions of the Probation Services after he pleaded guilty to harassing Ms Coffey's father Michael on April 6, 2013.

He had previously handed over €250 in compensation to The Strand Bar in Skerries for smashing a window on the same date.


Sergeant Tony Tighe told Balbriggan District Court that Donnelly had admitted striking Ms Coffey twice in the face.

A number of months later, while Donnelly was socialising in a Skerries pub, a man, unknown to Donnelly, approached him making reference to the attack on Ms Coffey.

A scuffle ensued and Donnelly received a bloodied nose before he started shouting and smashed a glass window with his elbow.

He then made threatening phone calls to Ms Coffey's father as he believed the man was requested to carry out an assault on Donnelly.

Defence solicitor Fiona Kelly said Donnelly had consumed a lot of alcohol and made the phone calls to Mr Coffey in a "distressed state having believed the man was sent to attack him".

"It was discovered later that this was untrue – that the man wasn't sent to attack him," the solicitor said.


Ms Kelly said Donnelly has stopped drinking alcohol and stopped taking cannabis.

Judge Dermot Dempsey noted that the probation report indicated that Donnelly is of high risk of re-offending if he does not take his medication.

He handed down the suspended sentence for the assault on Ms Coffey, bound him to the peace for two years and placed him on a Probation Bond for 18 months for harassing Mr Coffey.

He ordered that Donnelly complete a victim awareness course and take all his medication as directed by his doctor.