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Student pleads guilty to breaking TV3 cameraman's nose in popular Dublin pub

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Attack: Cillian Worral
Attack: Cillian Worral

A UCD science student is awaiting sentence after a court heard he broke a TV cameraman's nose during an unprovoked attack in a popular Dublin pub.

Cillian Worrall, a 23-year-old final year student in Medicinal Chemistry, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to TV3 cameraman Ronan Quinlan at McSorley's Pub, in Ranelagh, Dublin 6, on August 8 last year.

Mr Quinlan told Dublin District Court he has made a recovery but his nose remains sensitive and he was prepared to accept a payment of €2,000 from the UCD student, who is from Fortfield Road, Terenure, Dublin.

Gda Sergeant Niall Gilhooley told Judge Michael Walsh that Mr Quinlan suffered a broken nose and bruising; the victim had told gardai it had been a “totally unprovoked” assault and neither men were known to each other.

The court heard that after Worrall arrived at the pub with friends he tried to infiltrate Mr Quinlan's group of acquaintances but was "rebuffed". The student, “subsequently returned and struck Mr Quinlan”.

His lawyer asked the court to take into account that the student had brought a bank draft to the value of €2,000 to the proceedings for the victim. 

The defence said that Worrall's friends had noticed he had been acting strangely on the night of the attack. 

On the same night he got arrested for a public order offence which resulted in him being dealt with through the Garda “adult caution scheme”.

His family and friends were “driven to the conclusion his drinks were interfered with”, the judge heard in pleas for leniency.

Judge Walsh was told Worrall had no recollection of the assault or any explanation for it, and is apologetic.

Judge Walsh agreed it seemed to be out of character and the evidence was that his behaviour was erratic. He also said he was aware of the plight of young graduates trying to find work and a conviction would have serious affects if Worrall is looking for employment.

Judge Walsh adjourned sentencing saying he wanted to consider the matter and he also said the defendant would need to think about making some gesture to charity.