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Man bit off nose of workmate at Christmas party

A Dublin man who bit off the tip of a work colleague's nose in an unprovoked assault at a Christmas party has had his sentenced adjourned at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

David Kelly (42) admitted attacking his co-worker, also called David Kelly, at the scene, then denied the incident a week later during a garda interview, but eventually pleaded guilty.

Kelly, a father-of-three of Marewood Crescent, Poppintree, claimed the injured party had assaulted him earlier that night at the party.

He pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Kelly (25) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry, in the early hours of December 9, 2007. He has three previous convictions, including one for assault, dating back to 1988.

Sergeant Frank Gormley told Mr Fergal Foley, prosecuting, that Mr Kelly was at the hotel reception booking a room for the night when Kelly assaulted him and bit off the tip of his nose.

Sgt Gormley agreed with Ms Mary Ellen Ring, defending, that her client had complained about the injured party assaulting him earlier that night, but he added that gardai still don't know if that is the true reason for the attack.

The sergeant agreed that the injured Mr Kelly had made no further complaint against Kelly after the incident while the pair continued to work in Walsh Family Foods Ltd.

Ms Ring submitted to Judge Katherine Delahunt that her client had worked with the injured party until the injured party's departure from the firm without incident after the attack.

She submitted that Kelly had raised €3,955 as compensation for his victim despite working less shifts due to the economic downturn.

Judge Delahunt said she would adjourn the matter for sentencing in October.