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Monday 25 September 2017

Fair City star wants more time to pay €1k to ex-partner he bit

Former Fair City actor Patrick Fitzpatrick arriving at Dublin District Court. Photo: Collins Courts
Former Fair City actor Patrick Fitzpatrick arriving at Dublin District Court. Photo: Collins Courts

A Fair City star who bit and punched his ex-girlfriend in an attack at his home is seeking more time to pay compensation, after handing over €1,000 in court.

Patrick Fitzpatrick (33), who is awaiting sentence for the assault, could face 12 months in prison.

His case can be finalised only by the judge who originally heard the facts and it was adjourned for a week at Dublin District Court yesterday.

The court heard that he was due to pay another €1,000 to his victim.

Fitzpatrick pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Theresa Gannon at his home at Hollytree Terrace, Ballymun, on September 4, 2015.

Aggressive

The court had heard that the victim was at the accused's home when he became aggressive.

He threw two punches at Ms Gannon's face and bit her right upper arm.

She was left with bruising to her right eye but the bite did not break her skin.

Fitzpatrick's barrister told Judge Deirdre Gearty that there was "a sum of money to be paid" in compensation and €1,000 was handed over to Garda Niall Carolan, to be given to the victim. Counsel said there was €1,000 outstanding.

She said there was also a probation report on the accused, which referred to a "certain engagement with a particular programme" which did not start until September.

Teresa Gannon
Teresa Gannon

She asked Judge Gearty to adjourn the case until November.

However, the judge noted that the accused had pleaded guilty in February and the case had now been before the court three times to find the judge who heard the case, Judge John Lindsay. "The reality is, the €1,000 won't be put together in time for next week," Fitzpatrick's barrister said.

Judge Gearty said it was better that Judge Lindsay decided what to do and adjourned the case until July 12. Fitzpatrick is excused from attending on that date.

He did not address the court during yesterday's brief hearing.

Injuries

The charge of assault causing harm is under Section 3 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, which carries a potential sentence on conviction of 12 months imprisonment.

Previously, the court heard that a pre-sentence probation report had been ordered and this was favourable to Fitzpatrick.

He was remanded on continuing bail.

A medical report on Ms Gannon's injuries was also handed into the court on an earlier date.

Fitzpatrick was last seen on Fair City last year when he returned to the soap for one episode. He had played the character of Zumo between 2007 and 2013 before quitting the show.

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