Dental bill for woman assaulted with glass

What was to have been a romantic evening over a few drinks for an Italian man and Polish woman in Kenmare ended up in the District Court last week where the man pleaded guilty to a charge of assault, which the lady alleged happened when he pushed a glass into her face.

The court heard the incident happened following an argument between the pair. The woman said the defendant pushed the glass - from which they had both been drinking - into her face. However, the defendant's solicitor said the woman's injury happened when she pulled at the glass.

Claudio Guaseavimo of Golf Links House, Killowen Road, Kenmare will now have to pay €1,500 to the Polish lady, as well as €750 to the court poor box if he is to avoid a conviction for a Section 3 assault.

Sgt Miriam Mulhall-Nolan, prosecuting, outlined how a complaint had been made to Gardai in Kenmare that, on the evening of October 29, 2015 after an arranged date, an assault had taken place.

Mr Guaseavimo and the lady had returned to Mr Guaseavimo's residence where they had a few drinks and an argument developed "about the relationship". She said she had a glass of beer and he "pushed" the glass into her face. As a result she received a cut to her lip and her tooth was loose and chipped.

"She locked herself into a bedroom and left the next morning at 7am," the sergeant outlined to Judge James O'Connor who asked for the full details.

Solicitor Conor Murphy said his client was pleading guilty but in fact this was "a marginal case". His client and the Polish lady were drinking from the same glass and she had pulled the glass, he said. His client, Mr Guaseavimo, was from Italy but he had been living in Ireland for nine years and worked in a call centre. He had no previous convictions.

"This case is marginal. Two people were arguing about their relationship. My client was saying there was no relationship . He didn't want to settle down and she did," the solicitor said.

The parties had been drinking wine. The complainant became very upset and "the upshot was she wanted to leave," the solicitor said. However, when she went outside she had a flat tyre and had to return.

Had the case been contested, it would have been fought on a number of issues, the solicitor said.

Mr Guasevimo had been drinking a glass of beer and she was taking sips from the same glass and "she pulled" the glass, Mr Murphy explained.

"The matter would be very nuanced," the solicitor said. "He certainly had not intended anything but events led to the chipped tooth," Mr Murphy elaborated.

She ended up flying to Poland for dental work and the total cost, including the flights, was €300.

On enquiry from Judge James O'Connor, the court was told the lady was Polish and worked as a carer. She was assisted by an interpreter in court.

Judge O'Connor said the compensation to the lady and the contribution to the court poor box must be paid by July.


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