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Boxer's brutal attack in nightclub's toilet

A promising young boxer has been given a three-year suspended sentence for an unprovoked and "brutal assault" on a young man.

Sean Turner (19) broke Ross Luccato's cheekbone, deviated his septum, and left him bleeding heavily from his head and unconscious on the bathroom floor of a nightclub.

Mr Luccato has lost his sense of smell and suffers from short-term memory loss as a result of his injuries.

Mr Luccato's friend, who had been in a cubicle in the bathroom at the time, later told gardai that he heard a man "provoking" the victim and Mr Lucatto shouting "shut up" before he heard what appeared to be punches.

He ran out and saw a man he had spotted earlier at the urinal, kicking Mr Luccato in the torso while he was lying on the ground. He went over to his friend and the man left.

Turner of Rathsallagh Avenue, Shankill, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Mr Luccato at Bodega nightclub, in Dun Laoghaire on January 4, 2009. He had no previous convictions.





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Defence counsel Luigi Rea told the court that his client was a member of the Drimnagh Amateur Boxing Club.

He said he held a number of underage national titles.

Mr Rea said Mr Luccato had suffered a "very serious injury" and Turner should not have had so much to drink at the time.

He told Judge Patrick McCartan that Turner was now dedicated to "high performance" training in the boxing club and had €3,000 in court to offer Mr Luccato as a token of his remorse.

Judge McCartan said it was a very serious case and Mr Luccato had been "brutally assaulted for no reason".

"He floored Mr Luccato with a very determined blow, breaking his cheekbone, knocking his nose out and leaving him with a serious injury to the back of the head," the judge said.

"Virtually everything in this case tells me he should go to prison as a lesson to him and a lesson to others. The only thing that is saving him is the fact that he has not been in trouble before."

He said "with grave reluctance on my part I am going to give him a chance".

He also ordered that Turner pay a further €5,000 to Mr Luccato and undergo an anger management course.

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