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Saturday 3 December 2016

No conviction for man who attacked ex

Daniel Murphy at Swords District Court
Daniel Murphy at Swords District Court

A young man who assaulted his ex-girlfriend and her two friends after a verbal argument in a nightclub has been left without a conviction.

Daniel Murphy (23) tried to speak to his ex-girlfriend, who had broken up with him just days earlier, but her friend intervened and he threw her to the ground.

A second woman then tried to stop Murphy from speaking to his ex, but he knocked her legs out from under her and she fell. Murphy then pushed his ex-girlfriend onto the ground and grabbed her by the hair.

The matter was before Judge Dermot Dempsey for sentencing after Murphy was ordered to complete the restorative justice programme.

Judge Dempsey said Murphy had complied fully with the probation services and he applied the probation act.

The defendant, of Rivervalley Close in Swords, had previously admitted before Swords District Court to assaulting the three women at Forster Way in Swords on October 27, 2014.

Garda David Byrne previously said Murphy and the women became involved in a verbal altercation in Wright's Cafe Bar.

The women left the bar and Murphy followed them, which is when the assaults took place.

Defence lawyer Patrick Jackson said Murphy had apologised to the women.

Mr Jackson said the defendant has attended counselling. The court also heard Murphy hopes to emigrate to Australia.

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