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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Two students broke man's nose and hand, court hears

'The accused pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Mr Dolan at Harcourt Street on September 24, 2013'
'The accused pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Mr Dolan at Harcourt Street on September 24, 2013'

Two students attacked a young man outside a Dublin nightclub, breaking his hand and nose, a court heard.

Cathal Dolan told Judge Michael Walsh he was outside Dicey Reilly's chatting with some girls when Nicholas Kelly and Connlaoth McDuffie approached.

While they were talking, the accused men assaulted him and he suffered a broken bone in his right hand and a broken nose.

Defence Solicitor Aisling Mulligan said the accused men had apologised. Neither defendant had any previous convictions.

Kelly (22) and McDuffie (21) both admitted their part in the assault and had their cases adjourned for probation and community service suitability reports.

The accused pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Mr Dolan at Harcourt Street on September 24, 2013.

Dublin District Court heard McDuffie had "lesser culpability" of the two and produced €2,180 in compensation, while Kelly had given €3,000.

Kelly, from Grattan Lodge, Donaghmede, and McDuffie, of Latterriff House, Shercock, Co Cavan, were remanded on continuing bail.

Experience

Kelly had recently completed a course in visual merchandising in DIT, Ms Mulligan said.

He had done work experience with a leading retailer and hoped to get a full-time position there when his studies are finished.

Between them, the accused had raised €5,180 in compensation.

McDuffie had done a course in Food Science and Business Management and was now on a one-year contract working at DIT as vice-president of events.

He had served in the reserve defence forces. Ms Mulligan said the defendants had worked hard to raise the compensation.

She asked Judge Walsh to consider leaving them without convictions.

Instead, he ordered community service reports.

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