Man's head split open in fall after one punch
A FATHER-of-one knocked another man to the ground with one punch on a city street, leaving the victim unconscious and bleeding profusely from a "split open" head, a court heard.
Paul Malone (21) hit the man after his friends phoned him to come and "fix" a row between two groups who had left a nightclub. The victim was left with head and dental injuries.
Malone had claimed he acted in self-defence after the victim "went for" him, but Judge Ann Ryan rejected this and found him guilty, saying he had been the aggressor.
Malone, of Sheephill Avenue, Blanchardstown, had pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to the victim at Crane Lane in the city centre on May 10 last year.
Judge Ryan adjourned the case for the production of a probation report.
Dublin District Court heard the two groups confronted each other and had an altercation after leaving Sin nightclub.
Malone's friends phoned him and he arrived at the scene in a taxi, got out and spoke to the other men.
During the confrontation, he punched the victim once and the man fell to the ground where he hit his head, splitting it open and causing serious injuries.
He was left lying unconscious and bleeding profusely while the defendant and his friends left the scene.
A witness for the defence said his group of friends had left Sin nightclub and met a group of men who he alleged were "getting mouthy".
The witness rang Malone to "come down to see could he solve the problem".
He alleged that the victim swung at Malone, who hit him "in self-defence".
The defendant did not give evidence, but the court heard he told gardai in a statement the victim "went for me".
Malone's barrister asked Judge Ryan to divorce the injuries from the action that was taken.