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Old school pals' row led to 'bottle' attack in bar

A FATHER-of-two has been given a suspended sentence for beating a man with a bottle, leaving him with recurring headaches, after the victim intervened in a bar "scuffle" between their partners.

Conor Berigan (31) carried out a drink-fuelled attack on the man who had gone to separate the two women -- former schoolmates who had had a falling out.

Dublin District Court heard the victim, Adrian King, had been restraining Berigan's wife, who had been attacked his own girlfriend.

Berigan punched Mr King and struck him with a bottle, leaving him with head injuries that required an MRI scan.

The court heard neither man knew each other or what the argument between their partners was about when they got involved in the incident at a Tallaght hotel bar.

Judge Catherine Murphy gave Berigan a three-month sentence, suspended for a year, and adjourned the case for the payment of a €500 donation to charity.



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She said the effect on Mr King had been "profound" and that what happened had been "inexcusable".

Berigan, of Russell Lawns, Russell Court, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to assault on Mr King in the incident at the Abberley Court Hotel on June 11, 2010.

Garda Brian O'Connor told the court he was called to the hotel at 1am and Mr King told him his girlfriend had been assaulted with a bottle by Berigan's wife. Mr King had restrained Berigan's wife after the attack and the accused attacked him "with a bottle and a number of punches".

The two men did not know each other at all, but the two women had gone to school together, the defendant's lawyer said. There "seemed to be a history and some animosity".

The injured party's girlfriend suffered a large cut that was inflicted by the accused's companion and this had been dealt with in the Circuit Court, Berigan's lawyer said.

"He and his wife had consumed a large amount of alcohol. He simply doesn't recall using the bottle," he said.

Mr King declined compensation and requested that the €500 be donated to the DSPCA.

aphelan@herald.ie