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A chef seriously assaulted a waitress after he pushed a frying pan containing hot oil into her forearm, a court heard.

Sam Byrne, who is now 29, left the young woman with a four-centimetre burn on her arm.

He also laughed when she started crying with the pain.

Judge David McHugh imposed a six-month sentence, saying the assault was “sadistic in tone and substance”.

The defendant, with an address at Park Road in Rush, admitted seriously assaulting a waitress at Castello Bruno, Main Street in Castleknock on July 6, 2010.

Blanchardstown District Court heard that Byrne jumped bail and left the country shortly after he was charged, and only arrived home three months ago. Gardaí were then made aware that he had returned.

Garda Ciara O’Brien said the victim was working in the restaurant on the night in question, and had gone into the kitchen to get ice.

Gda O’Brien said Byrne came up to her and told her she was not allowed in the kitchen.

He told her she was not coming in, and when she said she needed to get ice, he pushed a frying pan to her forearm.

Gda O’Brien said the victim began to cry. Byrne responded by laughing.

The pan had hot oil in it and was extremely hot, the court heard.

Gda O’Brien said the victim was left with a burn, and her doctor prescribed her antibiotic cream for the wound. The burn blistered but eventually healed.

Byrne’s defence barrister said he accepted what had happened and he was sorry for his behaviour. This incident took place when he was only 20 and, at the time, he did not realise the gravity of what he had done.

Byrne “can’t say enough how sorry he was” for his behaviour, the lawyer said, adding that he was willing to pay compensation to the victim. Recognisances were set for an appeal.

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