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Guilty plea Delivery driver had his jaw broken during horror assault after meal at Donegal home

Horan exploded and grabbed his victim by the neck and began squeezing it.


James Horan  (North West Newspix)

James Horan (North West Newspix)

James Horan (North West Newspix)

A fast-food delivery driver has been forced to give up his job because he is afraid of drunk people after he was brutally assaulted in Co Donegal.

Mohammed Shaiful Alam had his jaw broken by James Horan after he had cooked his family a meal at their home in Bundoran in Co Donegal.

Horan, 32, had asked Mr Alam to drive his mother home to Ballyshannon after the meal but the victim said he was late for attending prayers.

Horan exploded and grabbed his victim by the neck and began squeezing it.

He then punched him on the left hand-side of the face hitting him with such force that he broke his jaw.

Horan appeared at Donegal Circuit Court where he pleaded guilty to assault.

The court heard that Mr Alam called to Ballyshannon Garda station the day after the attack on September 15th, 2018 to make a complaint.

Gardai noticed swelling and marks to his face and blood coming from his mouth.

He was advised to go to the hospital for treatment and he attended Sligo University Hospital where he was assessed.

Doctors diagnosed a broken jaw and Mr Alam had to have screws and a titanium plate fitted inside his jaw.

Horan was arrested by Gardai on October later that day and taken to Ballyshannon Garda station for interview.

He initially denied that he was there and then claimed he pushed Mr Alam and that he fell back on the sofa and must have bitten his mouth.

In his victim impact statement to Donegal Circuit Court, Mr Alam said he had lost a number of teeth and still had problems chewing his food and still suffered as a result of the broken jaw he received.

He said he had given up his job delivering food as he was now frightened of drunk people.

Barrister for Horan, Mr Peter Nolan, said his client had an extremely low IQ and presented a report from a psychiatrist.

He was now a full-time carer for his partner Lizzie Bullman and also looked after his mother.

Garda Sergeant Stewart Doyle said Horan was more of a menace than a criminal and that he had not come to Garda attention since the incident.

The court was told that Horan, of Seacrest, Bundoran, had experienced the loss of two friends in separate accidents when he was younger including one accident which he himself had survived.

He had suffered a shoulder injury from a broken collar bone and this had a long term effect on him.

Mr Nolan added that his client was the only breadwinner in his house but there was no reality of compensation for his victim.

Judge John Aylmer asked him if he thought he would be able to do community service which involved some light work.

Horan replied he could.

Judge Aylmer said this was a serious assault in which he caused significant harm to his victim, he placed it in the mid-range of such offences and was deserving of a prison sentence of two and a half years before mitigation.

However, Horan had pleaded guilty, this was his first charge of assault and that he had behaved himself since the attack and he proposed to reduce the sentence to one of 18 months.

He said he had the option of replacing that jail sentence with 240 hours of community service but must first hear from a doctor that Horan is capable of doing that community service because of his past injuries.

He adjourned the case until April 20th and if the GP says Horan is fit for light work then he will replace the jail sentence with 240 hours community service.

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