Medical student who hit partner during row told to pay €5k compensation
A medical student who beat up his live-in girlfriend and poured a can of Coke over her as she lay injured on a bed has been ordered to pay €5,000 compensation.
Hugh Moody (23) attacked the trainee pharmacist when she pushed a takeaway meal in his face.
The incident happened after a row broke out when he returned home from a night out.
His lawyer put the assault down to a "moment of madness" due to a "strained relationship".
Adjourning the case, Judge Gerard Jones said he would treat Moody "very fairly" if he paid compensation to his 22-year-old victim.
Moody pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to assault causing harm to his then-girlfriend at their home in Grove Park, Dublin 6, on November 8 last year.
Garda Stuart Byrne said the accused and his partner had been living together for a short time when the incident happened.
Moody, from Kilfaughney, Glasson, Athlone, Co Westmeath, had been out with friends and arrived home at about 3.30am.
An argument ensued between Moody and his partner, who had stayed in for the night.
Moody was eating a takeaway, which she pushed into his shirt and face. The couple then slapped each other.
Moody followed her to a bedroom, where he punched her in the back and knocked her to the floor.
He then kicked her "numerous times", said Gda Byrne.
When the victim got up, Moody pushed her on to the bed and poured a can of Coke over her hair, her body and her clothes.
The victim then left the room and locked herself in another bedroom. When Moody started kicking and banging on the door, she phoned gardai, who arrived soon afterwards.
The court heard that Moody and the victim had no contact after the incident.
Simon Matthews, defending, said the accused and victim had been in a "strained" relationship that had gone wrong and had been arguing "non-stop" before the incident.
They had been going out for a year after meeting in college and had only been living together for three to four weeks when the assault happened.
The accused had studied medicine at Trinity College, Dublin, and was now on a post-graduate course.
Moody had co-operated with gardai and had met the case "head-on", said Mr Matthews.
He was looking to put the case behind him and would never come before the court again.
He knew it was "no way to act" and was incredibly apologetic. His mother was in court with him.
A conviction would have dire consequences for Moody, said Mr Matthews.
Judge Jones ordered compensation and adjourned the case to a date in May.
Previously, the judge was told the victim did not want to be in the same courtroom as Moody.
"What this woman went through is horrific," said the judge.