Cyclist hit tourist with a key in row over footpath
A CYCLIST used a key to assault a Spanish tourist after a row over cycling on the footpath, a court has heard.
Karl Manning (41) of North Great Charles Street pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Gerard Parareda on August 25, 2013.
He also admitted possession of an offensive weapon, a screwdriver, on the same occasion. He has eight previous convictions.
Judge Patricia Ryan imposed the Probation Act on Manning and discharged him on condition that he keeps the peace and is of good behaviour for the next six months.
Garda Tracey O'Reilly told Gerardine Small BL, prosecuting, that Manning had brushed off a woman in the company of the victim causing one of them to shout after him that he was an idiot and that he "can't cycle on the footpath".
Manning turned back and confronted the three people. He took a key out of his pocket and swung out, hitting Mr Parareda.
Keith Spencer BL, defending, said Manning was finding it difficult to get back on his feet after his business closed down.