A FATHER-of-one who punched and kicked his ex-partner in a violent attack will avoid jail if he pays €500 in compensation.
Dublin District Court heard that Terence O'Shea was standing over the woman, smiling as she lay bleeding on her bed when gardai arrived.
The 45-year-old was drunk when he punched and kicked the victim, leaving her with facial injuries.
Judge James Faughnan ordered him to pay her €500 compensation and adjourned the case at Dublin District Court.
O'Shea, of East Wall Road, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to the woman at Annesley Bridge Road, Fairview, on September 12 last year.
Gda Jason Reilly of Clontarf Garda Station said he responded to a reported domestic dispute at 1.40am.
A woman had been heard screaming in one of the flats. He gained entry and saw the accused standing over the victim who was lying on a bed, bleeding from her face.
She cried out to gardai, telling them the accused had kicked and punched her around the head and body.
Gda Reilly asked O'Shea if this was true and he "just smiled".
The defendant was arrested and made no admissions.
A medical report on the victim's injuries following treatment was handed in to court.
O'Shea's only prior convictions were for minor motoring offences.
He and the victim had been in a relationship but not at the time the assault happened, defence solicitor Peter Keatings said. They had a young child together.
On the night of the incident, O'Shea was highly intoxicated and the two "may well both have had drink taken".
The accused "did not know why violence ensued".
He had since apologised to the victim "hundreds of times" for what he had done and felt "sick over it", Mr Keatings said.
O'Shea was prepared to pay compensation to her and had recently got a job as a tiler.
Judge Faughnan said he would suspend a four-month sentence for a year if the compensation is paid.