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Monday 11 December 2017

Student beaten by gang in egg attack

FOUR youths who attacked a medical student after throwing eggs at him have been remanded on bail pending sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

A local teacher put a stop to the attack after shouting at the group that she recognised them.

She later told the gardai that it looked like the gang "wanted to bring him to the ground, to finish him off".

Marcus Gantley (18), Sean Macken (18) and brothers, Steven (19) and David (22) Wynne were arrested after gardai saw CCTV footage and the teacher helped to identify them. None had previous convictions.

Their victim, Michael Galvin, was left with a cut to his eyebrow, two black eyes, a swollen lip and two chipped teeth. He told gardai he was lucky to leave without serious head injuries.

Gantley, of Glovers Court, Dublin 2, the Wynne brothers, of Montague Court, Dublin 2, and Macken, of Iveagh Trust, Kevin Street, Dublin 8, all pleaded guilty to violent disorder at Wexford Street on January 9, 2011. Garda Michael McHugh told Sean Guerin, prosecuting, that Mr Galvin had been studying in the Royal College of Surgeons and was on his way home, when he thought someone had thrown an apple at him.

Eight youths had just passed him and he turned to ask them what had happened but one of them claimed the apple had been thrown from a nearby apartment block.

Mr Galvin told them to "f*** off" and kept walking before eggs were thrown at him.

One of the group then punched him to his left eye before the rest of them jumped on him and threw punches at him. Mr Galvin later told gardai his jacket was pulled over his head and he feared for his life during the attack.

Eyewitnesses said he was kicked while he was on the ground and the teacher reported that Gantley had kicked him one final time before they all fled the scene.

Garda McHugh said Steven Wynne admitted being present but said it had been a "one on one" fight and denied being involved himself.

His brother, David, admitted that he had bought eggs but also denied any involvement.

Judge Martin Nolan adjourned sentencing to next March and ordered that the Wynne brothers and Macken be assessed for suitability for community service. He remanded Gantley to a different date in March after he heard that he had a new charge pending before the court.

"This was a despicable attack on a young man. Credit to the teacher for stepping in," the judge said.

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