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Saturday 24 August 2019

Teen who shoved and kicked his ex has case struck out

Defendant Alex Bridgeman
Defendant Alex Bridgeman

A teenager who shoved his ex-girlfriend several times and kicked her on the shoe has avoided a conviction after he made a €1,000 charitable donation to Women's Aid.

Alex Bridgeman (19) has also been warned by a judge to control his alcohol consumption and his temper.

The teenager, of Seabury Orchard, Malahide, claimed his ex-girlfriend followed him out of a pub they were both in separately.

They had an altercation inside the premises beforehand.

She was on a night out with her new partner while he was out with friends, Swords District Court heard.

While outside the pub, the pair continued to argue on the street before he pushed her away several times before kicking her on the shoe.

A taxi driver witnessed the entire incident and the defendant ran away.

His ex-girlfriend was not injured and no medical report was handed into court.

The defendant pleaded guilty to a Section Two assault and using threatening and abusive behaviour on Malahide Road, Swords, on August 6 last year. He had no previous convictions.

Defence barrister Deirdre Fleming said the defendant was in a relationship with the woman for 12 months but he ended it last May to focus on his Leaving Certificate exams.

"He went out socialising and she happened to be in the same pub with her new partner," said Ms Fleming.

"Words were exchanged between them and her new partner struck the defendant. He removed himself from the situation but she followed him and wouldn't leave him alone.

"He admits he shoved her off his arm and admitted kicking her shoe."

Ms Fleming said the defendant is "extremely ashamed and overreacted," and "is genuine with remorse".

Donation

A probation report was handed into court which was positive and said no further interaction was needed between defendant and Probation Service.

The defendant handed over €1,000 as a charitable donation and the court heard the victim wanted it to go to Women's Aid.

Judge Dermot Dempsey struck the case out and told Bridgeman: "You better learn to control your intake of alcohol and your temper. You are getting an opportunity."

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