Two Dublin men avoid jail for extremely violent attack on man

Dylan Barry
Dylan Barry

An ambulance driver has said he feels he has failed as a parent after his son took part in an extremely violent attack.

Dylan Gray (19) and co-accused Dylan Barry (19) both avoided a jail sentence for their part in the attack.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard how both men punched and kicked their victim before Gray dragged him to the ground where the attackers continued to punch him.

The victim, Nigel Kennedy refused to make a statement to gardai so no assault charges could be brought.

Judge Melanie Greally said that this was fortunate for the accused and said they both engaged in extreme acts of violence.

Dylan Gray

She said the victim was kicked in the head and punched when he was on the ground.

Barry of Castlecourt, Killiney, Co Dublin and Gray of Cois Cualann, Loughlinstown, Dublin both pleaded guilty to violent disorder at Missoni's chipper, Sallynoggin on December 13, 2014.

Judge Greally said that after their arrest both men were apologetic and remorseful but gave no real explanation for the attack.

Noting their youth and immaturity at the time and their absence of any other convictions, she suspended a sentence of three years imprisonment on condition they complete 240 hours of community service, to be completed in the next year.

The attack began as the victim left the chipper and Barry stopped the victim with his hand. The victim was then surrounded by five men. Gray and Barry pushed the victim outside up against a wall and began attacking him.

Gray's father, Derek Gray, told the court that as an ambulance driver he was totally against violence and had found it hard to believe his son had done this.

"We felt we had failed him as parents," Mr Gray said.

Lawyers for Barry said that he had been bullied in school.

He outlined a traumatic history of sustained violence against him in which Barry had his hair set on fire and lost clumps of hair during repeated assaults.

Counsel said Barry had expressed genuine remorse during garda interviews.

Declan Brennan