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Friday 15 December 2017

Drinker headbutted in pint row, court is told

A PUBGOER headbutted another man in the mouth so hard he severed a blood vessel in his own forehead in a "dispute over ownership of a pint", it is alleged.

Kevin Nott (44) and his victim were left bleeding profusely from the clash in a popular city centre pub after a rugby match.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened after he went to pick up a pint that was part of the alleged victim's round.

Nott, of Moyglas Close, Lucan, is denying assault maintaining he was attacked by the alleged victim and his friends.

The accused is denying assault causing harm to Gerard Granaghan in an incident at the Auld Dubliner pub in Temple Bar on March 21 this year.



INTERVIEW

Judge Catherine Murphy adjourned the case for a transcript of the accused's garda interview to be prepared.

Mr Granaghan told Dublin District Court Nott went to take a pint that was part of his round.

"I told him I thought he had the wrong pint. He made a running dive and got me with a headbutt in the teeth," Mr Granaghan said.

In cross-examination, he said he was in the pub after the Ireland versus Scotland Six Nations rugby match. He denied that either he or any of his friends struck the accused.



The court heard Nott would say Mr Granaghan went to take his drink off him and it fell to the floor and smashed.

He would say he was struck on the head from behind and was left with pain and ringing in his ear.

"He will say he received numerous punches and as he was trying to protect himself he thrashed about and may have hit your head with his head," the defendant's solicitor put to the witness.

Mr Granaghan denied this.

aphelan@herald.ie

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