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Monday 5 December 2016

Honeymooner in Dublin lost four teeth and spent rest of holiday on crutches after he was kicked in the face

Mark Bailey was sentenced to nine months in jail for the attack
Mark Bailey was sentenced to nine months in jail for the attack

A New Zealander spent his honeymoon in Ireland with a bruised face and swollen mouth after he was kicked in the face during a pub assault.

Craig Lonsdale had attended a football match in Croke Park and was having drinks with his new wife's family when the attack took place.

He told a court he was concussed, lost four teeth and spent a night in hospital following the assault.

Mr Lonsdale was also on crutches for the rest of his honeymoon after he tripped and hurt his ankle during the incident.

His attacker, Mark Bailey (26), had claimed he lifted his foot in self-defence because he thought Mr Lonsdale was going to "rugby tackle" him.

Judge Dermot Dempsey said Bailey had perpetuated a "vicious attack" on Mr Lonsdale and sentenced him to nine months in prison.

Bailey, of Mourne View in Skerries, was found guilty of seriously assaulting Mr Lonsdale at Ollie's Place in Skerries on June 30, 2013.

Mr Lonsdale told Swords District Court he went into Ollie's Place, and while in the toilets he saw a man shaking.

He asked him if he was "all right, mate", and the man then called Bailey, who came and head-butted him in the mouth.

The victim said he got Bailey in a headlock and dragged him out of the toilets. He said he then tripped and fell.

He said Bailey, a fisherman, kicked him in the head while he was on the ground. He said he remembered spitting out blood and teeth.

An eyewitness said Bailey shoved Mr Lonsdale to the ground and kicked him with his right foot. Judge Dempsey said he believed Bailey did not have "any true recollection of what happened".

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