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Sunday 20 October 2019

Birthday boy jailed for assaulting sisters outside pub

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A birthday boy who assaulted two women when "all hell broke loose" outside a pub has been jailed for three years and three months.

Stephen Weafer was celebrating his 30th birthday and was waiting outside the Greyhound Pub in Blanchardstown when a number of people claimed he was jumping the queue.

A previous hearing of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was told that Weafer, now aged 32, headbutted Rebecca Burke, who broke her finger as she fell.

A scuffle broke out and Weafer kicked Ms Burke's sister in the face, breaking her nose.

It was accepted by Pieter Le Vert, defending, that neither sister had provoked the assault.

He said "all hell broke loose" after Rebecca Burke was headbutted.

Epilepsy

He handed up photos of the injuries that Weafer received.

"These two women were minding their own business and got sucked into a situation that had nothing to do with them," said Mr Le Vert.

"If he could turn back time, he would.

"Alcohol was clearly a factor in the matter, but that is not an excuse."

He referred to the fact that Weafer had been taking medication for his epilepsy and was not supposed to be drinking.

Weafer, of Casement Road, Finglas West, admitted assaulting both woman and causing them harm on December 27, 2016.

Judge Karen O'Connor suspended the final 15 months of the sentence on condition that he engage with the Probation Service for that time.

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