Mechanic pleads guilty to breaking man’s nose

A MECHANIC  who broke a man's nose outside a pub got a three-month suspended sentence  in Blanchardstown Court.

Lee Grufferty attacked the man outside the Laurels Pub in Clondalkin.

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Grufferty paid his victim €1,500 compensation.

Grufferty, aged 27, with an address at  Caragh Meadows, Naas, County Kildare, had pleaded guilty to assaulting  Alan Farrell causing him harm and breaching the peace at The Laurels Pub, Main Street, Clondalkin, on October 23, 2016.

He was before Judge David McHugh for sentencing.

The court had heard that Grufferty was leaving the Laurels pub on the above date and he hit Farrell “a number of times”.

Mr Farrell suffered a fractured nose, a laceration to the back of his head when he fell back and a cut above his left eye, the court had heard.

Grufferty's counsel, Sarah Brennan Bl, said her client has no previous convictions and he lives at home with his family. She said Grufferty works as an apprentice mechanic.

Ms Brennan said Grufferty was extremely intoxicated at the time and had no recollection of the incident.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Judge McHugh that the injured party did not want to make a victim impact statement.

Ms Brennan said her client had €1,500 compensation in court.

Judge McHugh ordered that the compensation be paid to the injured party.

He sentenced Grufferty to three months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.

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