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Victim almost lost his ear when he was bitten at club

A MAN nearly lost his ear when a reveller bit him in a row outside a Dublin nightclub, a court heard.

David Murphy (31) attacked the victim and bit him during the incident in the city centre.

He was left without a criminal record after he admitted assault and public order charges and paid €500 in compensation at Dublin District Court.

Murphy, a father-of-two with an address at Glenties Drive, Finglas, pleaded guilty to common assault and using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace.

The charges are under the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person and Public Order Acts and the incident happened at Dame Street on October 20 last.

Judge Patrick Clyne applied the Probation Act after he paid the compensation.


Garda Sharon Kelly told the court she was on patrol at 2.15am when she saw bouncers holding down the accused.

She came to the assistance of the security staff who told her there had been an assault and the victim, Richard Gray, had been bitten on the ear by the accused.

The defendant was arrested and brought to Irishtown Garda Station, where he made no reply to the charges after caution.

"He still has his ear, it is still attached?" Judge Clyne asked the garda.

She replied that it was, and while the skin had been broken there was "no lasting damage to the ear".

The defendant had no previous convictions.

Murphy was a self-employed plumber and his children were aged three and six years.

"This is quite frankly an aberration and he is deeply ashamed," his barrister said. "He is offering a full and frank apology."

"The victim in this nearly lost his ear," the judge remarked. He asked if the defendant was offering anything else besides an apology.

Murphy was in a position to offer compensation to the victim, counsel said.

Cash in the sum of €500 was handed into court and Judge Clyne applied the Probation Act on the charges.