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Thursday 21 November 2019

Pub attack left victim with facial cuts and bruised ribs

Luke Tormey admitted assault in south city centre bar
Luke Tormey admitted assault in south city centre bar

A man has admitted attacking another in a pub, leaving him with cuts to his face and bruised ribs.

Luke Tormey (21) was among a group of men who followed the victim into the Dublin city centre bar before he set upon him.

Judge John Hughes adjourned the case for a victim impact statement at Dublin District Court.

The judge said he also wanted to hear more evidence about the circumstances of the case.

Tormey, of Brookhaven Lawn, Blanchardstown, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to a man at Kennedy's Pub and Station on Westland Row in the south city centre.

A garda sergeant told the court that the incident happ-ened on December 20, 2017, at 12.30am.

Gardai were called to the scene and were told an assault had taken place.

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The victim told gardai a number of men had followed him into the pub and then assaulted him.

He suffered bruised ribs, cuts to his nose and jaw and a bump to his head, the court heard.

Tormey was later arrested and charged.

He had no previous convictions to his name.

The sergeant told the court there was no victim impact statement available and the injured party had not been canvassed yet.

Judge Hughes said he could not finalise the case until this was done.

The defence solicitor said the accused had indicated he wanted to plead guilty from day one.

Judge Hughes said that on the next day, he would hear mitigation and "expansion" of the evidence in relation to "the circumstances in which he was followed into a pub by a group of males".

He adjourned the case to a date later this month.

The accused was remanded on continuing bail.

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