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Monday 26 September 2016

Security guard fined for assaulting skateboarder

Dublin District Court

Ciaran Byrne
Ciaran Byrne

A CAR PARK security guard who headbutted a 15-year-old skateboarder in the face and called him a "baby" when he cried has been fined €500 for assault.

Ciaran Byrne (43) attacked the schoolboy during a dispute about a lost skateboard at the St Stephen's Green Shopping Centre car park, leaving him with "blood all over his face".

Judge Bryan Smyth refused to leave him without a conviction and imposed the fine at Dublin District Court.

Byrne, of Pinewood Court, Kilcock, Co Kildare, had denied assault causing harm to the boy at Q Car Park, Mercer Street, last December 14.

Judge Smyth had previously found him guilty and the case was back before the court for the production of a restorative justice programme report.

Defence solicitor Declan Fahy said the report was positive and Byrne had shown remorse.

At the earlier hearing, the court was told Byrne had been working at the car park for another security firm and was dismissed after the incident.

The victim had been sheltering from the rain in the car park and, as he left, he realised he had forgotten his board. Byrne told him it had been crushed and thrown into bins.

The victim told Byrne he would report him and the defendant replied that he would get him "done for trespassing".

"He came towards me and headbutted me straight on the nose," the victim said.

"I went back into the lobby and asked why he did it. He told me to shut up crying and stop being a baby."

Byrne had claimed the boy was being aggressive and he got into the boy's face and told him to get out.

He admitted their foreheads touched but denied it was enough to "do any damage".

The accused had no previous convictions.

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