Tequila shot binge of man who punched student in bar
A STUDENT who punched another student as he stood talking to his girlfriend in an unprovoked attack in a pub was drunk on tequila shots, a court heard.
Daniel Hyland (20) left his victim with a permanent scar under his eye.
He has been ordered to pay compensation to his victim.
The defendant, of Ballymun Road, Glasnevin, admitted before Tallaght District Court to assault causing harm, contrary to Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997.
The incident took place at Taylors Three Rock Public House, Kellystown Road, Rathfarnham on October 29 last year.
Judge James McDonnell had previously accepted jurisdiction.
Garda Sergeant Bernard Jones said the victim was at a college social night with his girlfriend when Hyland approached him and punched him with a closed fist to the left side of his head.
The victim was left with a deep cut and bruise below the eye.
He went to a VHI Swiftcare Clinic to receive treatment, and the court heard the victim still had a scar under his eye.
Sgt Jones said the victim did not know Hyland.
Defence solicitor Andrew Sheridan said Hyland had consumed a number of shots of tequila on the night in question.
He said his client was very remorseful of his behaviour and would be willing to pay compensation to his victim.
Judge James McDonnell ordered a pre-sentence report and adjourned to a date in September for defence proposals for compensation.