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Brian Richardson felt he was being pestered, the court heard

Brian Richardson felt he was being pestered, the court heard

Brian Richardson felt he was being pestered, the court heard

A CARPET fitter punched and attempted to punch his sister's ex-boyfriend "up to 30 times" during a hotel brawl where he "lost complete control", a court has heard.

Brian Richardson (56) was out socialising at the time, and felt he was being pestered by the victim, who had approached him a number of times and asked him if he had a problem with him.

Richardson was ashamed of his behaviour, which was completely out of character, his solicitor said.

Judge John Brennan accepted there was an element of provocation. He adjourned the case for nine months, saying he would apply the Probation Act if Richardson stayed out of trouble.

The defendant, of Hampton Street in Balbriggan, admitted seriously assaulting the victim at the Bracken Court Hotel in Balbriggan, on December 3, 2019.

Garda David Woods told Swords District Court Richardson was in the beer garden of the hotel on the night in question when he punched and attempted to punch the victim up to 30 times.

Gda Woods said the attack was captured on CCTV.

He said the assault left the victim with severe facial injuries, but he had since made a full recovery, and did not wish to provide a victim impact statement to the court. The victim had attended hospital, but had left before he was seen by a doctor.

The court heard Richardson had no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Richardson was out socialising and he felt he was being pestered by the victim, who was his sister's ex-boyfriend.

Ms D'Arcy said the victim came up to Richardson a number of times, asking him if he had a problem with him.

She said Richardson did not have a problem with the victim until the moment the victim allegedly went to hit him.

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Ms D'Arcy said Richardson lost his temper and complete control. He wished to apologise to the victim, she added.

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