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Tuesday 15 October 2019

Thug left tourists scarred after hostel attack with pool cue

The assault was condemned
The assault was condemned

A man who carried out an unprovoked attack on two tourists at a Dublin hostel has been given a three-and-a-half-year sentence.

Paul Maguire (32), of Nicholas Avenue, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of assault causing harm at the Generator Hostel in Smithfield Square on June 1, 2016.

One of the victims, an English tourist who suffered a deep scan scar on his skin when he was hit in the face with a pool cue, said his ordeal had "tainted his view" of Ireland.

The second victim, a Finnish woman, was also left with a scar from the cue on her forehead.

Judge Melanie Greally condemned the assault as an "outrageous outburst of impatience and anger on two completely unsuspecting people" who had just arrived in the country.

The judge noted that neither victim wished to accept the €5,000 which Maguire had brought to court as an expression of remorse and ordered the money be paid over to Temple Street Children's Hospital.

She noted difficult personal circumstances outlined in Maguire's probation report, that he had employment prospects on his release and that he had a "pro-social" partner.

The judge suspended the final year of his sentence on strict conditions.

Garda Michael Lennon said the two victims didn't know each other beforehand but met up at the hostel and went for dinner at the Brazen Head pub.

The Finnish woman told gardai that they then returned to the hostel where they began chatting to people who were waiting their turn to play pool.

She said she remembered being struck with something, seeing half a pool cue and blood all over the floor, and holding her head.

FIREARMS

The English victim said he heard one of the pool players saying "f**k this", before he was also struck with a cue.

Maguire has 26 previous convictions, including for drugs, firearms and public order offences.

Garret McCormack BL, defending, said Maguire had been on a "three-day bender" of alcohol and illicit substances.

The court heard that Maguire and his partner have a one-year-old daughter.

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