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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Man hit pregnant ex in the face and mooned at gardai

Robert Byrne did not turn up to court to face charges
Robert Byrne did not turn up to court to face charges

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a bookkeeper who attacked his pregnant ex-girlfriend as she tried to get a bus home, punching her in the face.

Robert Byrne (23) had taken a "serious amount of tablets" when he assaulted the woman, leaving her bleeding and distraught.

As well as the punch, he grabbed her by the throat and pressed his thumb against her eye.

He admitted the assault at Dublin District Court last year and his case had been adjourned for the preparation of a pre-sentence probation report.

However, when his case came back before Judge Ann Ryan, he was not present and the judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

He will be brought back before the court for sentencing when gardai execute the warrant.

Byrne, with an address at Cedarfield, Drogheda, Co Louth, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Sara O'Hanlon at Aston Quay on May 18, 2014.

Mooned

When he entered his plea, the court was told he followed Ms O'Hanlon onto the bus with a fake travel pass. After his arrest he "mooned" gardai.

Garda Declan Reynolds said Ms O'Hanlon called the gardai after Byrne assaulted her.

When they arrived, officers found her "dishevelled and upset", bleeding from cuts.

Byrne was trying to speak to her.

They had met at Busaras and when she went to get her bus, he had started to attack her. He pulled her back and punched her in the mouth.

He refused to leave the bus and had to be taken off it by the gardai.

During his arrest, he threw himself against the patrol van, knocking the wing mirror out of place.

While being escorted out of Store Street Garda Station later, he broke a panel in the door.

Outside, he dropped his trousers and "mooned" the gardai.

Byrne was "most remorseful for his behaviour", his lawyer said.

He had taken valium, codeine, dalmaine and alcohol at the time.

Byrne was a qualified bookkeeper, but lost his job because of a hand injury.

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