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Boxer battered owner of car he broke into

A FORMER Irish international boxer repeatedly headbutted a man who had confronted him because he was sitting in his car.

Michael Cash (19) was restrained by the householder after he saw him in his car, which was parked in his front garden. Cash said he panicked and lashed out at the householder in a bid to escape.

Judge Ann Ryan sentenced Cash, of Ashlawn Park in Ballybrack, to six months' detention.

He had admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to charges of trespass, criminal damage and getting into a vehicle. He also admitted assaulting David Finnegan during an incident at Albany Court, Shankill, on July 9 last year.

Garda Gary Kavanagh said the victim was at home and he looked out his front window shortly before midnight and saw a stranger sitting in the front seat of his car.

Garda Kavanagh said Mr Finnegan ran out to the car to confront Cash, who then climbed out through the boot.

The court heard Cash pulled at the ignition cowling, causing €50 worth of damage.





Bruising

The garda said Mr Finnegan tried to restrain him, but Cash headbutted him repeatedly with the back of his head.

Garda Kavanagh said the victim was struck repeatedly on the side of his face and suffered some bruising to his right cheek.

Nicola Cox, defending, said Cash was a promising boxer who competed for Ireland but had to give it up after he was seriously injured in a car crash.

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