A MAN who took part in an unprovoked attack in which a French tourist was kicked and punched on the ground has been given a suspended jail sentence.
Darren O'Byrne (24) admitted he kicked Victor Ribeiro in the face but said he wasn't part of the initial group of youths that launched the attack.
After one group punched him without warning, he was punched and kicked by a larger group of eight including two young girls. Mr Ribeiro was on holiday in Ireland and returned to France a short time later. He has since made a full recovery.
He had been treated in A&E at Tallaght Hospital for his injuries which included a cut to his head, a bloody nose and bruising and swelling to his face.
O'Byrne, of Cloonmore Park, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault at Fortunestown Road, Jobstown, on June 19, 2010. Judge Mary Ellen Ring noted that O'Byrne had brought €1,600 to court as a gesture of remorse.
She suspended a sentence of two and a half years on the condition that O'Byrne keeps out of trouble for that time.
Garda Stephen Nealon the said the victim had been returning from a night out when he met a group of youths at Fortunestown Road.
He started a conversation with them but was suddenly punched to the face. Eight more people arrived, including two young girls, and the group continued to attack Mr Ribeiro while he sat on a crouched position on his knees.