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Man who broke victim's nose is caged for a week

A YOUNG man who punched a man in the face outside a hotel has been remanded in custody for one week to allow him to do some "straight thinking".

Damian Kilmartin (28) left the victim with a broken nose following the assault.

The court heard that Kilmartin had €1,000 compensation for the victim, but that he had failed to co-operate with the probation services.

Judge James McDonnell remanded the defendant in custody for one week to allow him to do some "straight thinking".

Kilmartin, of The Wood, Millbrook Lawns in Tallaght, previously admitted before Tallaght District Court to seriously assaulting the man.

The incident took place at the Plaza Hotel, Belgard Road in Tallaght on March 1 last year.

The court heard that Kilmartin punched the victim in the face. He left the victim with a broken nose following the attack. The matter was before the court for sentencing after the judge ordered a probation report.

Defence solicitor Padraig O'Donovan admitted Kilmartin did not co-operate with the probation services, but said he did not understand the seriousness of the matter.

Mr O'Donovan said Kilmartin had missed two appointments with the probation service as he was doing extra work to get together compensation for the victim.

Judge McDonnell said the defendant had serious problems which he needs to address, and a week in custody would allow him get the support and help he needs.

The judge said Kilmartin is a man, not a teenage boy, and he needs to face up to his responsibilities and come up with a plan to adequately compensate the victim, and to pay his outstanding fines of €2,000.

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