A LOVERS’ dispute led to a Dublin man biting another man’s ear, in what Judge Catherine Staines described as an extremely serious assault which normally would see the defendant appearing in the Circuit Court.
Stephen Reid, 4 Mourne Court, Skerries, Fingal, Dublin, was charged with assault causing harm, at Stradbrook Apartments, Portlaoise, on October 1, 2011.
Inspector Martin Harrington gave evidence that Reid and the injured party shared an apartment at the time and an argument started. Reid bit the other man’s ear, causing a serious injury which required stitches.
Reid has two previous convictions for public order offences.
Defence, Mr Philip Meagher explained that the injured party had been Reid’s partner, but the relationship between the two men became “fractious and fraught”. Mr Meagher said that during the dispute, the injured party “instigated a physical encounter”. As Reid was leaving the apartment a second incident occurred and it was during this that the assault was committed.
Mr Meagher said there had been no difficulty between the two men since, nor had his client come to any adverse garda attention.
“He’s upset being here today,” said Mr Meagher.
After reading a statement by the injured party, Judge Staines said it was an extremely serious assault and Reid was lucky not to be facing charges in the Circuit Court. She ordered a victim impact statement and probation report and asked whether Reid was in a position to pay compensation.
Mr Breen explained that Reid is not working and received just €100 a week, all of which he gives to his mother for his upkeep.
“His family will just have to make sacrifices,” declared the judge, ordering that the issue of compensation needs to be addressed.
The matter was put back to February 21.