Punched girlfriend’s father in face

A Mountmellick man who punched his girlfriend’s father causing a fracture to his jaw last week handed in €1,000 compensation to the district court in Portlaoise.

A Mountmellick man who punched his girlfriend’s father causing a fracture to his jaw last week handed in €1,000 compensation to the district court in Portlaoise.

Conor Dunne, Garoon, Mountmellick, was charged with assault causing harm, at Parnell Street, Mountmellick, on November 11, 2012.

Inspector John Lawless gave evidence that the altercation took place outside a pub. The injured party was left with a fracture to the jaw.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick explained that Dunne had been out with the daughter of the injured party, with whom he had enjoyed a brief romantic relationship. Words were exchanged in the pub, and they emerged from the premises at the same time that the injured party was leaving another nearby pub. An altercation ensued and Dunne punched the other man in the face.

Ms Fitzpatrick admitted that she was unable to pursue a claim of self defence and so a guilty plea had been entered.

“A single blow led to the injury,” she said. “It could have been a whole lot worse.”

Ms Fitzpatrick said that Dunne had gone through “a period of madness”, during which he got into trouble, but he has now left all that behind.

Judge Catherine Staines said she wanted to see a victim impact statement, and adjourned the case for a community service and probation report. She also said that the issue of compensation needed to be addressed.

When the case was recalled in the afternoon session of the court, Dunne handed in €1,000 compensation.

Judge Staines put the matter back to December 12, and reiterated her request for a probation report.