Man bruised about the face after being struck in assault

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A probation report has been requested on a Kildare man who left another man with bruising to his face after striking him outside a Portlaoise nightclub.

Anthony Stynes, 15 Moatview, Kilmeade, Kildare, was charged with being intoxicated, using threatening behaviour, and obstructing a peace officer, at Top Square, Portlaoise; and assault in the vicinity of Coppers, Top Square, Portlaoise. The offences occurred on December 21 last year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that an argument occurred between Stynes and door staff at Coppers, after Stynes was ejected from the nightclub. He struck another man across the face, causing the injured party to sustain bruising to his eye and nose which required €100 medical expenses.

Stynes had no previous convictions.

Defence, Ms Anne Manning said that Stynes was “not a drinker”, but he had five or six drinks on the night and an issue arose, an issue which carried on outside the nightclub. She said that Stynes had €500 in court to offer the injured party.

On the charge of obstructing a peace officer, Ms Manning explained that during the incident Stynes had felt a hand on his arm which he tried to shake off, without realising it was a garda.

Judge Catherine Staines asked whether he was prepared to do community service, to which Ms Manning replied that Stynes is on a back to work scheme all week. Ruling that the €500 be given to the injured party, Judge Staines put the matter back to July 3 for a probation report.


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