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Reynolds said O’Shea had spat at him outside the club before grabbing him and biting him on the lips.

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Ross O'Shea, of Shanganagh Vale, Shankill, Co. Dublin, leaving the Circuit Civil Court after the hearing. PIC: Collins Courts

Ross O'Shea, of Shanganagh Vale, Shankill, Co. Dublin, leaving the Circuit Civil Court after the hearing. PIC: Collins Courts

Ross O'Shea, of Shanganagh Vale, Shankill, Co. Dublin, leaving the Circuit Civil Court after the hearing. PIC: Collins Courts

A final year medical student at Trinity College, who five years ago bit an acquaintance in the face during a quarrel outside a Dublin night club, has been ordered to pay his victim €12,500 damages for personal injuries.

Judge Cormac Quinn heard in the Circuit Civil Court today that Ross O’Shea, (26) of Shanganagh Vale, Shankill, Co Dublin, had admitted biting Jack Reynolds, also 26, on the lips during a brief struggle outside Dicey Rileys in May 2016.

Reynolds, of Barclay Court, Blackrock, Co Dublin, now living in Melbourne where he works for a finance company, gave evidence on video from Australia of what was described by his barrister Justin McQuade as assault and battery.

Mr McQuade, who appeared with Susan Gray of Partners at Law Solicitors, told the court that O’Shea had much earlier pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to assault causing harm where the judge had saved him from a criminal record by applying the Probation Act and directing him to pay Reynolds €2,000 compensation.

Reynolds said O’Shea had spat at him outside the club before grabbing him and biting him on the lips. Medical records revealed he had a large abrasion on the right side of his upper lip and an injury to his lower lip which had been cut both on the outside and inside. He claimed O’Shea had locked on to him with his teeth for between three and five seconds.

He said he had received follow-up Tetanus and Hepatitis B vaccines and advised by his GP to treat his wounds with salt and warm water. He had since been advised to consider seeing a plastic surgeon.

Reynolds told defence counsel John Nolan that he and O’Shea knew each other but despite having played football on the same team as teenagers and attending Trinity College, Dublin, together as 21-year-old students at the time, they could not be described as close friends.

“I did not make derogatory remarks outside the club about Mr O’Shea’s mother,” Reynolds said in cross-examination.

Mr Nolan, who appeared with Ciaran Kirwin of Margetson and Greene Solicitors, suggested to Reynolds, who agreed he was six feet five inches and taller than O’Shea, that he had grabbed O’Shea by the throat and had been choking him which he denied.

O’Shea told the court he had pleaded guilty in the District Court to assault causing harm and had since paid the €2,000 undertaking he had given to that court. He told Mr McQuade he had “taken ownership” of his wrongdoing.

Judge Quinn, awarding Mr Reynolds damages of €12,500 on top of the €2,000 he had already received from Mr O’Shea, said he was deciding the case on the facts presented to the court and not on the criminal admission made earlier to the lower court.

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“Certain things occurred outside Dicey Rileys and words were exchanged,” Judge Quinn said.

“Mr O’Shea had made a spitting gesture towards Mr Reynolds who had then pushed the defendant who admits to having been irate.”

Judge Quinn said he did not accept the evidence of Mr O’Shea that he could not breathe while being held by the throat and had been in some sort of choking state when he had bitten Mr Reynolds.

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