Saturday 22 October 2016

No jail for accountant in attack on brother-in-law

Randall Burkhardt was guilty of 'rather unsavoury assault'
Randall Burkhardt was guilty of 'rather unsavoury assault'

An accountant who repeatedly punched his brother-in-law in the head after years of "bad blood", leaving him with concussion, has been ordered to carry out community service to avoid jail.

Randall Burkhardt (39) attacked and injured his estranged wife's brother after a disagreement about where his children were to stay, Dublin District Court heard.

Judge Michael Walsh ordered Burkhardt to complete 180 hours of community service instead of an eight-month prison sentence after he paid compensation to the victim.

Burkhardt, of Cabra Road, Dublin 7, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Thomas Heffernan at Richmond Hill, Rathmines, on May 1 last year.

The court had previously heard there was a disagreement about where Burkhardt's children were going to stay that night and the accused punched Mr Heffernan a number of times in the head and face with his right fist.

Mr Heffernan had bruising and swelling to his face, a laceration over one eye, concussion and headaches, but made a full recovery.

Burkhardt, who had no previous convictions, is from San Antonio, Texas, and had married his Irish wife in 2006.

There was "an unfortunate history" between the victim and the accused, his barrister told Judge Walsh.

"There is a history of bad blood and what (the accused) did on this occasion was too much and well over what was called for," the barrister said. "It was borne out of years of increasing tensions. He realises he dealt with it in the wrong way."

Judge Walsh remarked at the earlier hearing that the accused's marriage had irrevocably broken down and there was a level of acrimony that "spilled over" and led to a "rather unsavoury assault".

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