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Ward dressed as Superman

Ward dressed as Superman

Ward dressed as Superman

A father-of-one who was dressed as Superman when he headbutted a man at a nightclub on Halloween night has had his sentence adjourned to allow him time to raise money for the victim.

Denis Ward (39) later told gardai he had no recollection of the assault but accepted "I took the book off him and went for him" after he was shown CCTV footage from the nightclub showing him taking a pretend bible off the victim before he lunged at him.

Costume

The victim, Daragh Comerford, was left with a broken nose and later required surgery due to a deviated septum.

Garda Inspector Eamon Lynch told Diarmuid Collins BL, prosecuting, that when he arrived at the nightclub he was told by security staff the culprit was dressed as Superman and had been with a woman dressed as Wonder Woman.

He said he later stopped Ward, who was no longer dressed up but was with a woman dressed as Wonder Woman.

The Superman costume was found discarded in a nearby bin.

Mr Comerford later told gardai he had spotted some pretend bibles in the nightclub and was messing around with them when a man in a Superman costume took it from him.

He said he told the man to "relax" before Ward headbutted him.

Ward, of Northern Close, Belcamp Lane, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Mr Comerford at D Two nightclub, Harcourt Street, on October 31, 2017. He had four previous convictions, including three for road traffic offences.

Judge Melanie Greally heard from a victim impact statement the man had suffered a loss of €1,100 due to medical bills and having to take time off work.

Alcohol

She adjourned the case to October 12 to allow Ward to raise cash to cover the victim's loss.

Barry Ward BL, defending, said his client has not touched alcohol since the assault.

He asked the court to take into account that his client was unknown to gardai at the time and that his behaviour was "out of character".

Mr Ward said his client is not working and relies on social welfare but is willing to raise €1,100 if given time to do so.