Dublin man 'held baby in one hand and punched woman with the other'
A YOUNG man punched a mum-of-two in the face with one hand while he held a screaming 11-month-old baby in the other in a row outside a bank, a court heard.
Ciaran Griffin (23), a former army member, left the woman dripping with blood in an assault that happened amid an ongoing dispute between their two families. He was holding his own partner's baby at the time.
His father, Gerard Griffin (62), went on to smash the window of a taxi belonging to the victim's stepfather who then arrived at the scene.
Dublin District Court heard there was a history of "bad blood" behind the incident.
Ciaran Griffin had denied assaulting Jade O'Connor while Gerard Griffin denied causing criminal damage to Gerard Clarke's taxi.
Finding them guilty, Judge Patricia McNamara gave both father and son three-month suspended sentences. Both the accused and the victims denied the other side's versions of events.
The incident happened at Bank of Ireland on Ballyfermot Road on July 14 last year when a verbal altercation broke out between Ms O'Connor, Ciaran Griffin and his partner, Siobhan Salinger, who was heavily pregnant at the time. This continued outside where, Ms O'Connor alleged, Ms Salinger tried to physically attack her.
Ms O'Connor "did push or kick" Ciaran Griffin at one point, she admitted.
Both she and Ms Salinger got each other by the hair, she said.
"Ciaran punched me between my mouth and jaw - instantly, blood dripped from my mouth," she said. "He busted my lip."
The court heard Ciaran Griffin had been holding Ms Salinger's 11-month-old child in one hand.
Mr Clarke said he arrived in his taxi and Gerard Griffin pulled the window until it broke, saying "get out of the f***ing car". Ciaran Griffin went to the other side and hit himself against the taxi, he said.
Ciaran Griffin, of The Steeples, St Laurence Road, Chapelizod, alleged Ms O'Connor started the row and told Ms Salinger: "I'll f***ing kick the baby out of you."
He maintained he only tried to separate the two women with an open hand and was protecting his pregnant girlfriend.
He denied punching Ms O'Connor. Afterwards, he alleged, Mr Clarke knocked him down deliberately with the taxi.
Gerard Griffin, of Croftwood Park, Ballyfermot, alleged it was Mr Clarke who broke the cab window from the inside.