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Saturday 21 April 2018

Mechanic who broke the nose of man outside pub avoids jail stretch

Lee Grufferty paid €1,500 to man he hit outside The Laurels
Lee Grufferty paid €1,500 to man he hit outside The Laurels

A drinker who broke another man's nose when he was ejected from a pub has been given a three-month suspended jail sentence.

Apprentice mechanic Lee Grufferty (26) was so intoxicated that he could not remember "the context" of the assault, Blanchardstown District Court was told.

Grufferty, of Caragh Meadows, Naas, Co Kildare, previously admitted assault causing harm at The Laurels in Main Street, Clondalkin, on October 23, 2016. He also previously admitted breach of the peace.

When the case came back before the district court for finalisation, his lawyer said Grufferty was deeply embarrassed and regretful.

He had no previous convictions and it was the first time he had been before the courts.

Compensation

He "held his hands up" in relation to what had happened, said his lawyer.

Gda Sgt Maria Callaghan said the injured party did not wish to make a victim impact statement.

Grufferty was in a position to pay €1,500 in compensation, said his lawyer.

Judge David McHugh said this should be paid immediately to the victim and suspended the three-month sentence for a year.

Sgt Callaghan said the victim was not trying to profit from the case.

Judge McHugh said the court understood this and that the compensation was a "mere token" of the accused's remorse.

Gda Thomas Balfe said previously that Grufferty hit the victim a number of times.

The man suffered a fractured nose and a laceration at the back of his head, which he sustained when he fell against a wall, said Gda Balfe.

He also received a cut above his left eye.

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