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Two jailed for attack on nurse in brawl at hospital

TWO young married men who beat up a nurse at Beaumont Hospital during a dispute with one of their relatives have been jailed.

Stephen Gavin (26) and Patrick Ward (27) had been involved in an earlier fracas between relatives at a wedding and continued assaulting family member Francis Gavin after he was brought to hospital.

Gavin and Ward kicked and punched staff nurse Stephen McDonald in the chest when he tried to break up the fight.

Gavin, a father-of-one, of Campsite, Coolock Lane, Santry, and his cousin Ward, a father-of-two, of Northern Close, Coolock, both pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Mr McDonald at the hospital on September 1, 2009.


They each received 18 months in jail with the last six months suspended.

Judge Katherine Delahunt noted the €1,500 and €1,200 raised by Gavin and Ward respectively as tokens of their remorse but said the attack was "unacceptable on any level".

Garda Francis Chaney revealed that the cousins had been in a fight with Francis Gavin and other relatives at a wedding earlier that day and later at a Coolock halting site.

Garda Chaney told Fergal Foley, prosecuting, that there had been tensions between certain family factions before the wedding at the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links.

He said Francis Gavin was taken to Beaumont Hospital after the halting site fight and subjected to another attack by Ward and Gavin.

The garda said Nurse McDonald missed two weeks of work. He added that the family feud has since been resolved and there were no other charges pending against Gavin and Ward.