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Teen who viciously assaulted father of two in unprovoked attack awaits sentence

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
The serious assault was witnessed by the victim's wife and family
The serious assault was witnessed by the victim's wife and family

A Dublin teenager who launched a vicious, unprovoked attack on a father-of-two in front of his young family has been remanded in custody pending sentencing next month.

Sean Beumer, aged 19, of Edenmore Crescent, Coolock, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Court to assault causing harm to Mark Kelly on March 15 last year.

Judge Martin Nolan said Mr Kelly was attacked viciously during a frightening, unprovoked and serious assault which was witnessed by his wife and family.

The court heard Mr Kelly had been at his home at Grace Park Heights, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, celebrating the 2nd birthday of his youngest child when he was attacked.

Garda Marguerite Reilly told Dean Kelly BL, prosecuting, that it was the day of a rugby international between Ireland and France.

Mr Kelly had been watching the game on TV and at half-time he spotted a group of young teens sitting on a wall outside his home.

He noticed Beumer and another youth come over to the group and that Beumer seemed unsteady on his feet.

There had been problems with anti-social behaviour locally and Mr Kelly decided to go outside and tell the youths to move on.

Beumer told Mr Kelly he wasn't hanging out with the group of kids and claimed he was from the area, pointing out a parked Lexus as his car.

Mr Kelly told gardaí that out of nowhere, Beumer punched him to the face and burst his lower lip which started bleeding.

Beumer punched him again knocking him to the ground and continued to punch him repeatedly to the head and body.

Mr Kelly's wife Sinéad tried to pull her husband's attacker off but said he was “as strong as an ox”. She was thrown to the ground and felt a severe pain in her back.

Mr Kelly's brother came to his assistance and also saw a co-accused, Peter O'Reilly, joining in with the assault when Mark was on the ground.

O'Reilly (20), of St Declan's Road, Marino, Dublin 3, was dealt with previously in the courts under the Probation Act.

On May 5, 2015, Judge Patrick McCartan ordered O'Reilly to pay €5,000 as a token of remorse to Mark Kelly and his wife. He had no previous convictions.

Gardaí were called to the scene and arrested Beumer the following day. He apologised for his actions but said it had been “self-defence”.

He has 14 previous convictions, mainly for road traffic offences. Other offences include attempted theft and failing to appear.

Sinead Prunty BL, defending, said Beumer takes full responsibility and knows his actions were completely unacceptable.

Ms Prunty said her client was unable to get work after the Leaving Certificate, fell into a negative peer group and began abusing drugs and alcohol.

Judge Nolan said Beumer had expressed remorse and cooperated with gardaí and that the courts were “always open” to reform, particularly with a young person.

He remanded Beumer in jail for sentencing on July 27.

By Jessica Magee