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Jail for yob who kicked man out of bus window

A MAN who took part in an violent attack on a college student, which led to the victim being kicked out of a window on the top floor of a Dublin bus, has had his suspended sentence re-activated.

Michael Connors (20) was one of a group of four youths who were sentenced in 2009 by Judge Frank O'Donnell.

He had described the incident as an "ultimate nightmare" and said the teenagers, who are all members of the Travelling community "were acting as locusts".

Victim Philip King was in hospital for six days and was in a full body brace for three weeks after landing on his back on a sheet of glass.

Possession

Connors, of Rossfield Avenue, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to violent disorder at Belgard Square West on October 20, 2006.

He was sentenced to three years in prison which was suspended on the condition that he keep the peace and be of good behaviour for five years.

Connors was brought back before Judge Martin Nolan at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday after he came to garda attention. The court heard that Connors had been convicted of burglary, possession of drugs, dangerous driving and other road traffic offences.

He has also pleaded guilty to attempted burglary in the Harold's Cross area of Dublin on April 4, 2010.

Judge Nolan said Connors did not take advantage of the chance Judge O'Donnell had given him and re-activated the three-year term.

Scared

He also sentenced Connors to a consecutive term of two years for the attempted burglary.

He suspended this sentence in full on condition that he keep the peace and be of good behaviour for two years on his release from prison.

His father, James, was jailed for his part in the burglary attempt, in which he was spotted by gardai trying to break into a house by forcing the front door and window.

The court had heard that Mr King had still not returned to his architecture studies at UCD because he was too scared to catch the bus again -- and it was his only way of getting there.

Connors was one of seven or eight people seen "push-kicking" Mr King out of the bus.