a Dublin youth who attacked a young man he had never met has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison.
Luke Dunne (21), of Sheepmore Crescent, Clonsilla, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Court to assault causing serious harm at Fortlawn Park, Blanchardstown, on June 9, 2012.
The court heard that Joseph Nolan (24) suffered a life-threatening skull fracture and a clot in his brain when he was assaulted by Dunne and a gang of men in a random attack following a house party.
Mr Nolan was left lying on the ground unconscious and choking on his own blood, with his left ear hanging off and almost torn in two.
Judge Mary Ellen Ring suspended the final 12 months of the sentence, saying that Dunne's admissions on arrest meant that at least one person had been prosecuted for the attack.
She said Dunne, who is the only person to have admitted the crime and has no previous convictions, was being given "greater than normal credit" to encourage such future co-operation.
In a victim impact report read out on his behalf, Mr Nolan said he suffers palsy and nerve damage in the left side of his face and has had severe loss of hearing in one ear.
The court heard that Dunne repeatedly kicked and stamped on Mr Nolan as he lay on the ground.
He also punched him at least 10 times in the face.
Gda Pamela Leyden told Gerardine Small BL, prosecuting, that the victim had been sitting in his car talking with some friends shortly after leaving a party at 6am.
A group of four or five youths approached them and one of them tried to open the door, but Mr Nolan locked them.
He tried to reverse. but two of the men blocked his way, while another threw a bottle that smashed the driver's window and hit his face.
Mr Nolan got out of the car and was pursued by the men who hit him across the face with something hard, knocked him to the ground and kicked him in the stomach.
Caroline Biggs SC, defend- ing, said that Dunne was extremely remorseful, shocked, disgusted and ashamed of his behaviour.