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Sunday 17 December 2017

New year wait for Fair City's Zumo to hear his final assault sentence

Patrick Fitzpatrick has now paid €1,500 following the attack. Photo: Collins Courts
Patrick Fitzpatrick has now paid €1,500 following the attack. Photo: Collins Courts

A Fair City star who bit and punched his ex-girlfriend in an attack at his home has paid her another €500 in compensation.

Patrick Fitzpatrick (33) added the instalment in court yesterday and has now paid €1,500 over the attack.

He is due to pay a total of €2,000.

Judge David Waters adjourned the case until January for him to come up with the balance before sentencing.

Fitzpatrick, who played Zumo Bishop in the hit RTE soap, was remanded on continuing bail by Dublin District Court.

He potentially faces a jail term of a year in prison.

Fitzpatrick pleaded guilty last February to assault causing harm to Theresa Gannon at his home at Hollytree Terrace, Ballymun, on September 4, 2015.

Judge Waters noted there was a probation report on file.

Defence solicitor Philip Hannon said the €500 was in court yesterday and the money was handed to a garda sergeant.

Adjourned

The case was adjourned for the attention of Judge John Lindsay, who had originally dealt with it.

Mr Fitzpatrick, wearing a grey overcoat, scarf, navy trousers and black shoes, did not address the judge.

Previously, the court heard the victim was at the accused's home on the day in question when he became aggressive towards her.

He threw two punches at her face and bit her right upper arm. She was left with bruising to her right eye, but the bite did not break her skin.

On the last court date, Garda Niall Carolan presented a medical report on the victim's injuries.

Recovery

She had made a full recovery, he said.

A probation report on Fitzpatrick was positive.

Mr Hannon added that the comprehensive probation report contained a "specific recommendation".

Fitzpatrick last made an appearance on Fair City in 2016. He played Zumo between 2007 and 2013.

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