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Saturday 3 December 2016

Man tells of life-long scars after vet's attack

An Offaly vet who 'glassed' an accountant in a city centre cocktail bar, leaving him with life-long scarring, has been confronted by his victim in court. File image
An Offaly vet who 'glassed' an accountant in a city centre cocktail bar, leaving him with life-long scarring, has been confronted by his victim in court. File image

An Offaly vet who 'glassed' an accountant in a city centre cocktail bar, leaving him with life-long scarring, has been confronted by his victim in court.

Mark Relihan had just finished reading out a victim impact statement in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court when he turned to his attacker, held up a picture of his facial injuries and said: "This is what you've done to me. You see this? This is what you ran away from."

His attacker, Stephen McGrath (25), showed no reaction. He was on a trip home from Wales where he works in a veterinary practice.

Judge Pauline Codd adjourned the case until December 16 for a probation report.

McGrath, of Carmarthen in Wales - but originally from Tullamore, Co Offaly - pleaded guilty to two counts of assault causing harm on September 6, 2015, in No Name Bar on Fade Street, Dublin.

Smashed

Mr Relihan said he has had some plastic surgery and said he would likely need more.

"I need to see he pays a price for his actions so I can move on," Mr Relihan said.

Garda Barry Keegan said McGrath was in the bar with a large group. He confronted Mr Relihan in a row over whether there was enough space on a bench they were both sitting on.

McGrath said he would give Mr Relihan 10 seconds to move and began counting down.

Mr Relihan looked at his friends and said "Is this guy for real?" before McGrath smashed a glass into his face.

Mr Relihan needed to have 17 stitches to his face.

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