Dublin man fractured another man’s jaw while robbing him of his phone and wallet

Central Criminal Court
Central Criminal Court

A man who fractured another man’s jaw while robbing him of his phone and wallet claimed he thought the man was threatening a woman and attacked him out of a “misplaced sense of chivalry”, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has heard.

Dean Moore (27) of Markeiwiz House, Dublin 2 pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to  Conor Muldoon on June 3, 2013 and the robbery of his wallet and his phone, valued at €400, at Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

The court heard that Mr Muldoon was walking home along Pearse Street in Dublin at 4 am after a night out, when he suddenly found himself on the ground being kicked in the head by Moore.

Garda Alan Roche told Tony McGillycuddy BL, prosecuting, that Moore was screaming at Mr Muldoon to give him his wallet.  He kicked Mr Muldoon in the face, leg and chest as he lay on the ground, until he relented and handed over his wallet.

Mr Muldoon reported that several taxis stopped in the vicinity, but none came to his aid. One taxi driver later assisted the gardaí and described seeing Moore attacking Mr Muldoon, running away, then coming back and kicking him again.

Garda Roche arrested Moore at the scene, after a struggle during which he threw the phone at the garda. Mr Muldoon was brought to St James’ Hospital where he was treated for a fractured jaw and a broken nose.

Moore later told gardaí that he didn’t remember much about the incident, but that he first hit Mr Muldoon due to a mistaken belief that he was attacking a woman, and that he didn’t intend to rob him.

A victim impact statement described how Mr Muldoon thought he would be killed during the “frenzied attack” and how he couldn’t eat solid food for a week afterwards. He has since made a full recovery.

Gda Roche agreed with James Dwyer BL, defending, that Moore was “an affable chap” from a bad background for whom the attack was “an aberration”. Mr Dwyer said that Moore claimed he mistakenly thought Mr Muldoon was theatening a woman and attacked him out of “a mispalced sense of chivalry”.

Mr Dwyer told Judge Patricia Ryan that Moore was bright, good with numbers and had planned to go to university until his father was incarcerated, which required him to work to provide support for his family.

Judge Ryan adjourned sentencing until October to allow Moore engage with Probation Services and to make “a concrete expression of remorse”.