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Man beaten after row over burger for his dog

Two men took part in an unprovoked assault on a dog owner who asked them not to feed a hamburger to his pet, a court has heard.

Stephen Brown (20) and Stephen O'Brien (23) punched and kicked the victim while a third man bit his ear.

In his victim impact report, Sean Kheffache said he was left with a scar on his ear and was nervous about going out for a while after the attack. He said his dog was also tense for weeks afterwards.

Brown, of Monkstown Farm, Dun Laoghaire and O'Brien, of Rollins Villas, Sallynoggin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Mr Kheffache at Georges Street Upper, Dun Laoghaire on March 11, 2013

Brown, a trained boxer, also admitted assault causing harm to Martin O'Toole at Monkstown Farm on May 19, 2013. After the single-punch assault the victim's head hit the ground and he later received 14 stitches.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring sentenced Brown to three years in jail with the last 18 months suspended. She imposed a suspended sentence of two-and- a-half years on O'Brien.

Garda Ronan Goggin told Ronan Kennedy BL, prosecuting, that the victim and his girlfriend had gone into a McDonalds restaurant where they saw three drunk men and decided to go instead to a nearby Burger King outlet.

Mr Kheffache waited outside with his dog while his girlfriend went in to order food. The three men walked over to him and surrounded him.

One man threw a piece of his burger at the dog and Mr Kheffache asked him not to do that. The victim moved the dog inside the restaurant to protect it and pushed Brown away. Brown reacted by punching him before the other men joined in.