A STUDENT who attacked a pair of teenagers who made his mother cry has escaped without a conviction after he paid compensation to his victims.
Nicholas McLoughlin (30) repeatedly hit an 18-year-old male with a stick and grabbed a 17-year-old girl by the neck.
He apologised to the court for his behaviour, saying he has already apologised to the victims and there is no ill-feeling between them and him.
A judge applied the probation act after McLoughlin paid €750 compensation to his victims and co-operated fully with the probation services.
Judge James McDonnell said it was a "significant assault" but there were strong mitigating circumstances in the incident.
McLoughlin, of Donomore Avenue in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to seriously assaulting a teenager outside his mother's home on June 7 last. He also admitted to assaulting a 17-year-old girl in the same incident.
Garda Sergeant Carmel Henry previously said McLoughlin became involved in a verbal exchange with the teens who were standing beside a tree outside his mother's house.
He then got a stick from his car and hit the 18-year-old several times to his body and his groin area.
The youth managed to get the stick off McLoughlin, and later went to Tallaght Hospital.
Sgt Henry said McLoughlin also grabbed the 17-year-old girl by the neck and lifted her up.
She said it appeared the incident related to problems with "people hanging around outside the defendant's mother's house".
The court heard the defendant has never been in trouble before.
Defence solicitor Kevin Tunney said McLoughlin completely over-reacted.
He said the defendant's aunt had died of cancer 10 days before the incident and he was upset by her death.
The defendant had paid €500 compensation to the male and €250 to the female victim.