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Downright shocking Two men face jail in the Netherlands after Irishman is viciously assaulted

The attack was aimed at 'kicking the light out of the victim's eyes'

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The Nieuwstad in Groningen (from Google Maps)

The Nieuwstad in Groningen (from Google Maps)

The Nieuwstad in Groningen (from Google Maps)

Two men are facing jail in the Netherlands after a vicious assault on an Irishman that was aimed at "kicking the light out of the victim's eyes”, according to prosecutors.

Both men from Groningen, who are aged 29 and 36, are facing a prison sentence of two years, with six years’ probation, for attempted manslaughter in the Nieuwstad in the Dutch city.

The 24-year-old Irishman was talking to a woman when he was attacked by both men who punched and kicked him in the June 27 incident. The attack continued even as the victim was on the ground.

“The altercation turned into physical violence,” local media reports state. “The camera images showed that the 36-year-old suspect was the first to throw a punch.”

The images which were shown at the men’s hearing were described by the public prosecutor as “downright shocking”.

The fight lasted for a number of minutes before the Stadjers (as local inhabitants are referred to) ran away before returning to kick the man on the ground again.

Bystanders tried to pull the two off the victim and were then pushed themselves.

"I regret this and am deeply ashamed," the youngest suspect said.

Both have previous criminal records and have been in society “in a positive way for quite some time”, the court heard, however, the prosecutor called the violence “disproportionate”.

“It happened on the public road and in front of many others,” the prosecutor said.

While the Irishman’s injuries included many bruises and swollen eyes, “that does not alter the fact that this could have turned out worse," said the prosecutor.

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The men's lawyers asked the judges to take account of the current “positive lifestyles” of the Stadjers and argued for a lower sentence.

The judge will rule in two weeks.

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