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Thug who punched innocent salesman found hiding under his mum's bed

Thug who punched innocent salesman found hiding under his mum's bed

A man who punched a French salesman before the victim fell and hit his head off a curb has been jailed for two and a half years.

Glen Paisley (24) was found hiding under a bed in his mother's room when gardaí arrived at his house to search it.

His friend had earlier gone to Kevin Street Garda Station to give an account of the assault after gardaí appealed for witnesses.

The victim, Nicolas Omnes, was unconscious and was taken to hospital with a large wound over his left temple.

A CT scan confirmed he had a haemorrhage and was bleeding underneath the membrane around the brain. His condition improved overnight and he was discharged two days later.

Paisley of Drinaghmore Close, Carrickmines, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Mr Omnes on Camden Street in Dublin 2 on the evening of May 4, 2014.

He has fifty previous convictions, including 43 road traffic offences, which vary from having no NCT to not wearing a seatbelt.

Paisley was on bail at the time of the offence for a more minor assault.

Garda Richard Pender told Dean Kelly BL, prosecuting, that Mr Omnes had been socialising in Dublin city centre with two friends and their night ended at Whelans on Camden Street.

Mr Omnes who was residing and working in Ireland, remembered leaving Whelan's with the two friends but his memory of events after this were poor.

Witnesses told gardai that they saw a fight breaking out on Upper Camden Street between four young men and another man. Mr Omnes was punched, fell down and hit his head off the ground.

Paisley, who was with two of his friends, was more aggressive than anyone else and all three men left the scene after Mr Omnes fell. 

On his arrest Paisley told gardaí he was intoxicated but accepted he was involved in some kind of fracas. Gda Pender said he wasn't clear about his role in it.

It was only when CCTV showed three Frenchmen walking ahead and Irishmen coming behind them, did Paisley tell gardai he was the man who punched Mr Omnes.

Pat Reynolds BL, defending, told the court that his client wasn't the instigator of this incident, in which up to nine people were involved.

Mr Omnes who is a sales rep in the farming sector read a statement to the court, showing the effect this assault had had on his life.

"The scar on my face is 2-3 inches long, my social life has been impacted as I feel nervous when approached by strangers at night or in broad daylight.

I'm more easily scared and irritable towards my friends. I get yellow cards and booked on the pitch more than before," said Mr Omnes.

He said that his parents received a phone call in the middle of night on May 4 from someone they didn’t know saying “your son is in trouble and in hospital” which was "a huge blow for them."

Defence counsel told Mr Omnes that on behalf of his client he wished to offer him an apology as this should not have happened.

"He is very sorry and he would like you to believe that there is more to him than drink and anger," said Mr Reynolds.

Paisley brought €1,750 to court as a token of his remorse and Judge Elma Sheahan ordered that this be handed over.