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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Man fined €500 after grabbing his neighbour's throat

App developer Mark Somers. Photo: Collins Courts
App developer Mark Somers. Photo: Collins Courts

A man who grabbed his neighbour by the throat in an "eyeball to eyeball" confrontation over noise has been fined €500.

App developer Mark Somers (52) assaulted the man, who lived in the fourth-floor flat above him, then told a court the victim was a "neighbour from hell".

David Glynn denied he had believed Somers was an "arrogant, imperious" man who was "telling him how to live".

He said they had never had heated words before the row on August 28, 2015.

Grabbed

Somers had pleaded not guilty to assaulting Mr Glynn at the Metropolitan Apartments in Kilmainham. He claimed he thought Mr Glynn was going to hit him and grabbed his lapel only to restrain him.

A defence barrister told Dublin District Court that Somers hoped to move abroad and a conviction could hamper that.

The judge set recognisances in the event of an appeal.

During the trial, the court heard that Somers had complained about footsteps, or things falling on Mr Glynn's wooden floors.

On the morning of the assault, Mr Glynn was getting something from his car when Somers asked if there was any news about him getting carpets.

Mr Glynn told him he did not think it was appropriate for Somers to bang on the ceiling with a brush.

Somers became very annoyed and abusive and Mr Glynn told him to back off.

"I shouted that he had shown his true colours," Mr Glynn said.

"I said he was an ignorant expletive. He thought I said he was an English expletive and he became more enraged."

The accused got out of his car and "came at" Mr Glynn.

"He grabbed me by the throat. It was a tight grip on my throat, it wasn't pleasant," Mr Glynn said.

Somers claimed in evidence that Mr Glynn began continuously playing a saxophone after the incident.

"They were basically the neighbours from hell," he said.

On the day, he alleged Mr Glynn said: "I'm sick of you, you are a bit of a f**king ignorant English p***k, I have had enough."

Somers added: "We were eyeball to eyeball, he looked like he was going to hit me. I restrained him, I grabbed his lapel."

He alleged that Mr Glynn had "froth coming out of his mouth".

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