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Friday 22 September 2017

Dad jailed for biting frenzy on pubgoers

FEARS: Victim had blood tests

A FATHER bit a pubgoer's cheek, then tried to bite a second man in a frenzied attack fuelled by a mixture of alcohol and prescription drugs.

David Moloney (45) flew into a rage during a row at a Temple Bar pub and attacked two men, leaving one with a bite mark on his face.

He was jailed for three months at Dublin District Court.

His victim, Derek Hickey, is still waiting for blood test results to find if he has contracted any diseases.

Moloney, of Herberton Road, Rialto, admitted assault causing harm to Mr Hickey and common assault on his friend Ronald Hopkins at the Oliver St John Gogarty pub on April 12 last year.

The victims and another friend went to the pub and Mr Hopkins went to the bar to order drinks. Mr Hopkins encountered Moloney for the first time, a dispute broke out, but it had calmed down when Mr Hickey approached them and asked if everything was alright.

"Mr Moloney said, 'I'll bite the nose off you' and started pointing at him," Garda Wesley Kelly told the court.



TRAUMATIC

He bit Mr Hickey's face and then went for Mr Hopkins, attempting to bite him but failing to break the skin.

He was removed from the premises by security staff and when gardai arrived they found him trying to barge his way back into the pub. He had to be restrained on the ground before he was arrested.

A medical report on Mr Hickey's injuries was presented to the court. The court heard that while the mark on his left cheek had cleared up, the outline of it was still visible. "It was a very traumatic experience for Mr Hickey, I believe it still affects him," Garda Kelly said.

The other man had made a full recovery.

The accused had five previous convictions, for offences including breach of the peace and violent behaviour in a garda station.

Moloney had been on medication for depression at the time, barrister Aoife O'Leary said. He had immediately agreed to provide his own blood samples "to give the injured party some peace of mind".

Mr Hickey said: "It affected me big time," adding that it would be in his mind until the final test result came back.

Ms O'Leary said the combination of Moloney's medication and heavy drinking on the day contributed to the incident. He could not remember it but accepted the evidence.

Judge Dempsey said the assault had been too serious for him to suspend the sentence. For the other assault charge, he fined the accused €200.

aphelan@herald.ie

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