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Judge Gerard Jones sentenced O’Donnell after hearing the woman had been bruised and “emotionally damaged” by the attack.

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Simon O’Donnell punched woman to the ground

Simon O’Donnell punched woman to the ground

Simon O’Donnell punched woman to the ground

A man who jumped a Post Office queue, punched a woman to the ground when she challenged him and then attacked her husband has been jailed for three months.

Simon O’Donnell, a member of the Travelling community, also threatened to kill the couple after the woman called him a “knacker”.

The victim, a stranger to O’Donnell, admitted using the term but meant by it that he was a “scumbag” rather than any reference to his “heritage”, a court heard.

Judge Gerard Jones sentenced O’Donnell after hearing the woman had been bruised and “emotionally damaged” by the attack.

O’Donnell (28), a married father-of-one, of Tor an Rí Lane, Balgaddy, Lucan, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to assaulting the woman causing her harm, a lesser assault on her husband, public intoxication and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

The court heard O’Donnell was at Centra, Neilstown Shopping Centre, Clondalkin, in an intoxicated state on October 21 last year.

He “skipped the line” for the post office and got into an argument with the person he skipped.

He told her: “You are a f**king prostitute, you are nothing but a dirty prostitute,” then threatened her, saying: “You are dead, you are f**king dead,” Garda Thomas Barrett said.

The woman’s husband approached the pair and O’Donnell threatened them both, saying: “Yous two are dead, if I don’t get you in here I’ll get you in the car park.”

He assaulted the woman by striking her twice with his fist, knocking her to the ground.

When her husband came to her aid, O’Donnell struck him once.

The woman suffered bruising, and was taken to hospital by ambulance, the court heard.

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Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said that before the assault, the woman made a derogatory remark to O’Donnell relating to his heritage as a member of the Travelling community.

Gda Barrett said while the victim did refer to O’Donnell as a “knacker”, she did not mean that, and was “calling him a scumbag rather than a Traveller”.

Mr Fleming said it could be seen how if a member of the Travelling community was called that it might elicit “some reaction”.

O’Donnell had previous convictions for criminal damage, public order and motoring offences.

The accused had been co-operative, pleaded early, and the victim had not had to come to court, Mr Fleming said.

O'Donnell had gone to the shop still intoxicated from drinking the night before, he perceived there had been a slur about his heritage and he “reacted the way he did”, Mr Fleming said.

“This incident shouldn’t have happened,” he said. “He can’t go back in time and take back the wrong he has done.”

O’Donnell had grown up in a “relatively tough environment”.

Judge Jones said from the victim impact statement, the woman had suffered “a lot of distress."

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