Man punched teen in a 'knee-jerk reaction'
A MAN who was drunk and punched a 14-year-old boy in the nose has been given the benefit of the Probation Act after he made a charitable donation.
Kenneth Slye's assault on the teenager was a "knee-jerk" reaction to unconnected anti-social behaviour that had been happening near his house in the past, Swords District Court heard.
The court heard the teenager was not part of this anti-social behaviour but was simply sitting on a wall near the man's home with his friends on the evening of the assault.
Slye (52), of Mount Gorry, Swords, pleaded guilty to assaulting the teenager on June 7 last year at Seamount View, Swords.
He further pleaded guilty to being intoxicated on the same date at the same place.
Sgt Bob Kavanagh told the court that at around 8.30pm gardai received a call that a teenager had been assaulted.
There was blood on the boy's T-shirt as a result of the assault.
The teen told gardai he was sitting on the wall when Slye came over and punched him in the face.
Slye was arrested a short time later and admitted his part in the incident.
The defendant, who has three previous convictions, has had his house broken into a number of times, and it has been the target of anti-social behaviour in the past, his solicitor told the court.
"This is the background to the incident," the solicitor said. "It was a knee-jerk reaction to what had happened in the past, but he is not making a case that the boy had provoked him or anything."
Judge Patrick Clyne suggested that maybe Slye "sign the pledge" in order for him not to be open to this type of behaviour in the future.
"That's a matter for himself, though," said Judge Clyne, who applied the Probation Act after Slye made a €500 donation to the Fingal Bereaved by Suicide Support Group.