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John Dunne of Summerhill, charged with assault causing harm

John Dunne of Summerhill, charged with assault causing harm

John Dunne of Summerhill, charged with assault causing harm

A TRADESMAN injured a boy when he hit him over the head with a pliers when he saw a group of youths stealing his bike.

John Dunne (63) "reacted" to the theft by assaulting the boy, who was left with a "significant bump" on his head.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case for a victim impact statement after hearing Dunne accepted he should not have reacted the way he did.

Dunne, with an address at Summerhill, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty to assault.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened outside a pub in the north inner city on October 9, 2019.

The victim, who was a juvenile, was on the street when the accused hit him on the head with a pliers, resulting in a "significant bump", a garda said.

The court heard the accused had been doing some work in a friend's house and left his bicycle locked near the pub.

When he came back, his bike was being stolen and when he saw this he "reacted".

The victim "received a strike to the head," the court heard.

Defence solicitor Yvonne Bambury said her client "obviously shouldn't have reacted" this way.

The victim was not part of the group of people who were stealing the bike.

"Either way, it doesn't make any difference, he shouldn't have reacted the way he did," Ms Bambury said.

The accused apologised profusely and had lost sleep since the incident.

Dunne, who used to work in construction, had medical problems and was on disability benefit, his lawyer told the court.

The DPP consented to summary disposal of the case in the district court on a guilty plea only.

Judge Smyth accepted jurisdiction after Dunne entered his plea.

The judge adjourned the case to a date in April and suggested €300 compensation for the victim if he was prepared to receive that.

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