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vile attack Serial offender jailed for 3 months after punching, spitting at and dragging woman to the ground

Michael Cruise, from County Louth, was 'out of control on drinks and drugs' on the day, the court heard

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The court heard how Michael Cruise's attack on his victim left her "very badly shaken"

The court heard how Michael Cruise's attack on his victim left her "very badly shaken"

The court heard how Michael Cruise's attack on his victim left her "very badly shaken"

A serial offender who punched, spat at and dragged a woman to the ground before kicking her in what a judge described as a "nasty" incident has been sentenced to three months in prison.

Michael Cruise (31) was ‘out of control on drinks and drugs’ on the day, the court heard.

He acknowledged the altercation and admitted pushing the woman to the ground - but disputed he spat at her and alleged he was spat at, Drogheda District Court heard.

The defendant, of Rathmullan Park in Drogheda, Co Louth, pleaded guilty to assaulting the woman in Dominic’s Park on October 1, 2020.

He has 63 previous convictions and is currently serving a six month prison term for the theft of a mobile phone and unauthorised taking of an electric scooter.

Inspector John Callanan told the court the injured party was in the park along with the defendant when the defendant approached her.

He then punched her, spat at her and dragged her to the ground and kicked her, the court heard.

Insp Callanan said the injured party does not wish to address the court but was left “very shaken by the incident.”

“She hasn’t suffered any long term injuries,” said Insp Callanan, adding the injured party is known to associates of Cruise but he wouldn’t know her directly.

Defence barrister Stephen Faulkner said the defendant acknowledges the altercation and is quite clear he did push her to the ground.

“But he disputes the further alleged facts and alleged he was spat at,” said Mr Faulkner.

When Judge John Brennan remarked the defendant “seemed to be out of control on the day,” Mr Faulkner replied: “Yes, he was abusing drugs and drinking.”

“It was a nasty enough incident which left her badly shaken,” the judge said, noting the defendant was “out of control and addiction issues were behind the matter.”

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The judge imposed a three month prison sentence to run concurrently to the sentence he is currently serving.

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