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Dad jailed for party attack

A FATHER-of-one who head-butted a girl and smashed a bottle into her boyfriend's head at a New Year's Eve party has been jailed for two years.

Gary Bayly was drunk when he "blew a fuse" after a minor incident. The male victim received 47 stitches to this face and has been left with permanent scars.

Bayly (22) of Finnstown Hall, Lucan, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Foxdean Drive, Lucan on January 1, 2011.

Garda Kevin Curran told the court that Bayly had gone up to Paul McCarthy's girlfriend and asked her if she was talking about him before head-butting her.

Mr McCarthy pushed Bayly away and went to walk away when he felt the whack of a bottle to the side of his head. He later needed a blood transfusion to repair an artery.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring imposed a prison sentence of three years but suspended the last year due to Bayly's age.

Keith Dunne,


IN relation to an Evening Herald article published September 4, 2012, entitled "Dad is cleared of kicking his pregnant ex", we have been asked to emphasise that Keith Dunne of Harelawn Crescent, Clondalkin was fully acquitted of the charges against him. We are happy to publish this.

Mystery of dead elephants

MALAYSIAN authorities have found remains of another three endangered Borneo pygmy elephants, deepening a mystery surrounding at least 13 deaths this month.

The wildlife department in Malaysia is bracing itself for the possibility of finding more dead elephants in the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve.

Police are investigating suspicions that the elephants were poisoned.

Obama reforms immigration

US president Barack Obama says he wants immigration reform to be completed within six months.

Mr Obama added that politics, not technical issues, were standing in the way.

A group of senators have agreed on a framework for comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants.