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Sunday 17 December 2017

Woman punched in head as she sat in bus

THIS is the bus passenger who repeatedly punched a young woman on the face and head in a random attack on a Dublin bus.

Gerard Carrick (37) told a court he had no excuse for his behaviour, and had very little recollection of the incident.

He said he didn't know the woman, and he has no idea why he repeatedly hit her.

The woman was left with injuries to her face, eyes and mouth, and her front teeth were loosened during the assault.

A court heard that Carrick had been drinking all day and was in such a state when he went to collect his methadone at the Pearse Street clinic that staff had to help him on to the bus.

A judge described the assault as "absolutely appalling" and sentenced Carrick to 11 months in prison.

Carrick, of Knowth Court, Poppintree, pleaded guilty before Blanchardstown District Court to assault causing harm to the woman, who is in her 30s.

The assault took place as the victim sat on a Dublin Bus on Silloge Road, Ballymun on July 13 last year.

Garda Fiona Divilly said the victim was sitting on the No 13 Dublin Bus, shortly after 8pm, when Carrick got on to the bus and sat beside her.

When the bus reached Silloge Road, Carrick turned to her and started repeatedly punching her about the face and mouth.

Garda Divilly said witnesses saw Carrick punch the woman, and they pointed him out to gardai.

The garda said Carrick ran from the scene. He was chased by gardai and following a short foot chase he was caught at Marewood Drive. Garda Divilly said Carrick was very drunk and abusive to gardai and told them to "f**k off".

Hospital

The court heard the victim attended the Mater Hospital for treatment. She has since made a full recovery and she has accepted Carrick's apology for his behaviour.

Tracey Horan, defending, said Carrick accepts his behaviour was "inexcusable" and "incomprehensible".

She said he doesn't remember what happened on the bus, and didn't know why he was taken to Ballymun Garda Station.

Ms Horan asked the judge to order a probation report, saying Carrick is now stabilised on methadone, is back living at the family home, and has made some improvements.

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