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Saturday 10 December 2016

Man punched ex-girlfriend after concert

Padget was apologetic and admitted everything when gardai questioned him. Stock Picture
Padget was apologetic and admitted everything when gardai questioned him. Stock Picture

A concert-goer punched his ex-girlfriend in the eye in a pub after the gig, smashed her phone and then went to her mother's house and put a plank of wood through the window.

Paul Padget (24) also broke a window in his ex's car, which was parked outside the house, a court heard.

Judge Ann Ryan adjourned the case to give Padget time to pay compensation.

He pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to assault and three counts of criminal damage.

The court heard the pair had been to see The Script in Croke Park last June 20.

Afterwards, Padget and his ex were at The Liquor Rooms on Wellington Quay when he punched her in the eye.

When she fell to the ground, he threw her phone to the floor, smashing it.

Bloodshot

Later, he went to her mother's house at Cromcastle Green, Kilmore, put a plank of wood through a window and smashed a window in his ex's car.

She suffered bruising and a bloodshot eye from the assault.

Padget, of Millbrook Drive, Kilbarrack, was apologetic and admitted everything when gardai questioned him.

There was "alcohol involved after the concert" and Padget acted "completely out of character", his barrister said.

He worked as a courier and had no history of violence.

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