Student in bottle attack on stranger spared jail
A university student who assaulted a stranger in a nightclub with a bottle has received a suspended sentence on condition he pays €12,500 to his victim.
Hakim Mansour (22), who is studying economics and politics, was identified as the attacker by the injured party when he looked through Facebook photos of the night.
Mansour, of Collegefort, Castleknock, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Krystle nightclub on February 21, 2016. He has no previous convictions.
Judge Martin Nolan said it was not clear if Mansour had thrown or struck out with the bottle.
He said the victim had suffered injuries, including lacerations to his face and nerve damage to his hand. The judge said it was a vicious assault that happened without provocation.
He noted in mitigation Mansour's guilty plea, that he had co-operated with the investigation and made full admissions.
He said Mansour came from a good family, was a bright young man and in all probability would be a good citizen of this country.
He added that an assault with a bottle was always serious and the court must consider an immediate custodial sentence.
He said it was "a close-run thing" but had decided to impose a sentence of two years imprisonment which he suspended in full on condition that Mansour be of good behaviour and paid €12,500 to the victim.
Kevin White BL, defending, said Mansour would like to apologise unreservedly.
He said his client had been born in Algeria and come to Ireland when he was eight.
Garda David Dutton told the court the victim had been in the nightclub with friends when a young man came over to their table.
There was a brief interaction with the group which seemed to make the young man angry.
The victim said he then saw someone come from the side and he put his hand up to defend himself. He was struck on the head with something sharp.
His girlfriend reported seeing a man hitting her partner with a bottle "out of nowhere".
Mansour told gardai he had picked up an item, which he accepted was a bottle, and thrown it.