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Terrifying ordeal Man who armed himself with golf club to attack two others came off worst when target cut his throat

Thompson and another man had arranged the attack after hearing that the two targets had been harassing teenage girls outside a supermarket in Finglas, Dublin 11.

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A man who armed himself with a golf club to attack two men ended up coming out the worst when one of his targets cut his throat, a court has heard.

Lawyers for Ryan Thompson (20) said he was in “way over his head” when he attacked two men “who were well known” to gardaí in the area.

Thompson and another man had arranged the attack after hearing that the two targets had been harassing teenage girls outside a supermarket in Finglas, Dublin 11.

Garda Alan O'Mahony told Maurice Coffey SC, prosecuting, that the older men were making inappropriate comments to the 12-year-old girls.

Thompson and the second man travelled down to the area in a van and set out to attack the men on the Finglas road. Thompson was armed with a golf club shaft while the other man had a tripod.

During the melee, one of the targets pulled out a Stanley knife and cut Thompson's throat under his chin. Gda O'Mahony said the deep cut to the throat was only a matter of millimetres away from being life threatening.

Thompson was rushed to hospital and treated for his injury. He later admitted his part in the attack but was afraid to answer some questions “out of fear” of the two parties who “are well known in the Finglas area,” Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard.

One of these men is before the courts awaiting trial and therefore cannot be identified at this point.

Thompson with an address in Ballymun, Dublin pleaded guilty to violent disorder at Finglas Road on October 16, 2018.

His barrister told the court that her client had a “short and stupid reaction” and “got caught up in something” which was “way over his head”. She said the injury he suffered left him traumatised.

Judge Karen O'Connor said that Thompson was trying to take the law into his own hands and that this was completely unacceptable.

But she noted he has no other convictions and said his actions on the day were out of character. She noted he has good and supportive family and noted also that that the significant injury give him an extreme fright.

She applied the Probation Act to discharge him from the indictment on condition he keep the peace for two years. She said she would have considered a two-year prison term but for his youth and previous good character.

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