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street brawl Man (30) headbutted and pushed victim after he got off bus

Gardai said Shariyar Shafie initially denied the assault as he believed he had the defence of self-defence.

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Shariyar Shafie, College Court, Portrane Road in Donabate

Shariyar Shafie, College Court, Portrane Road in Donabate

Shariyar Shafie, College Court, Portrane Road in Donabate

A passenger was headbutted by a man after an altercation after he got off a bus, a court heard.

Shariyar Shafie (30) also put his hands on the victim's throat and pushed him back during the roadside assault.

Judge Cephas Power said Shafie's behaviour was reckless and he applied the probation act.

The defendant, with an address at College Court, Portrane Road in Donabate, admitted assaulting another man on September 24, 2019.

Garda Karina Daly told Swords District Court that the injured party had just gotten off the bus in Donabate village shortly after 3pm when he was approached by Shafie.

Gda Daly said there was a verbal disagreement between them, and during the row Shafie put his hands on the victim's throat and pushed him back.

Shafie then got the other man in a headlock, before leaving the scene.

Gda Daly said she later spoke to the defendant who admitted the assault, and gave a full account of what had happened.

The garda said Shafie apologised for his behaviour and there had been no trouble since.

The court heard that Shafie, who was not working, had one previous conviction.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Shafie had been living with his mother and siblings, but had moved out due to tensions at home and was now living in a tent.

Ms D'Arcy said this incident arose out of an altercation between Shafie and the victim, and there was a background to the matter.

She said Shafie initially denied the assault as he believed he had the defence of self-defence.

However, Shafie had changed his mind, accepting a headbutt was more force than was required.

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Ms D'arcy said Shafie was sorry for his behaviour.

She said the men argued but no one was injured, and she asked the judge to be as lenient as possible.

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