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Thursday 19 October 2017

Returned emigrant sorry for pushing man through window

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A pubgoer taking a shortcut home pushed a householder through a front room window after the offender was confronted about what he was doing in the area late at night.

Aaron Paisley (30) does not remember much about the assault, as he was just home from Australia and had been drinking with pals he had not seen in two years, a court heard.

He apologised for his behaviour, saying it was completely out of character. He had €500 compensation in court for the victim but Judge Anne Watkin adjourned sentencing to December to allow Paisley save up more compensation.

Argument

The defendant, of Granville Crescent in Cabinteely, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to seriously assaulting another man at Courtlands in Cabinteely on February 28 last year.

Paisley was taking a shortcut through Courtlands when the injured party saw him looking into a car, Garda Conor Casey said. He came out and confronted Paisley and there was an argument.

Paisley was aggressive and started trying to push the victim, who went to contact a neighbour, Gda Casey said.

Paisley chased the victim down to the neighbour's house and pushed him. The man's momentum sent him through a front room window.

The victim suffered superficial injuries to his face as well as a broken finger, which he sustained when he put his hand out to stop his fall, Gda Casey added.

Paisley has never been in trouble before, the court heard.

Pints

Paisley had attended a boxing match the night before, and met people he'd not seen in two years as he had been living in Australia, defence lawyer Jane Murphy said.

He drank 10 pints as well as spirits, which was more than usual for him. He had very limited recollection of the assault, Ms Murphy said. He remembers a push, but does not know why he behaved in such a manner.

He does not take drugs nor is drink an issue, she said.

Paisley, who is working part-time and whose partner is currently pregnant, was very sorry for his behaviour, she added.

Adjourning sentencing, Judge Watkin asked Gda Casey to find out if the victim had any medical expenses.

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