Tuesday 25 October 2016

Barber in pub row thought girlfriend had been assaulted

The judge said she was ‘very impressed’ by Stephen Carroll
The judge said she was ‘very impressed’ by Stephen Carroll

A trainee barber who lashed out at pub security staff wrongly believed that another man had assaulted his girlfriend, a court heard.

Stephen Carroll (24) had been drinking on the night in question and accepted that he "reacted badly".

However, he thought that he was protecting his girlfriend at the time, his lawyer said.

The defendant admitted before Tallaght District Court to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The incident took place at the Old Mill Pub car park in Tallaght on May 1 last.

Judge Bridget Reilly applied the Probation Act on the public intoxication offence after the defendant donated €400 to An Cosan.

The judge struck out the threatening and abusive behaviour charge after she said she was "very impressed by this young man".

Sergeant Michael Ahern said gardai were on patrol around 2am when they came across a young man in an altercation with security staff. Sgt Ahern said security staff were trying to restrain Carroll, who was arguing with them and lashing out at them.

The sergeant said that Carroll was highly agitated, however, he calmed down and co-operated with gardai after he was arrested.


The court heard that Carroll, with an address at Carriglea View in Firhouse, has one previous conviction for a road traffic offence when he was 18 years old.

Defence lawyer George Burns said that this incident was totally out of character for the defendant.

Mr Burns said Carroll had been drinking and he "reacted badly", but he believed at the time that another man had assaulted his girlfriend, and he was trying to protect her.

The lawyer said that Carroll completed his Leaving Certificate and then went to IT Tallaght to study mechanical engineering.

Mr Burns said Carroll left college after a year and then started working in a fast food restaurant, before he began training to be a barber.

Mr Burns handed a reference letter from the defendant's boss into court.

The defendant said that he was now living with his girlfriend, and Mr Burns said she was in court to support him.

He asked the judge to leave Carroll without a conviction, saying the defendant was willing to take part in the restorative justice programme.

Ordering Carroll to make a donation to charity, Judge Reilly said everything indicates Carroll had been a "foolish young man" but she was "very impressed" with the way his boss had spoken about him.

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