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No jail term for man who punched dog walker and his pet in a series of unprovoked attacks in Dublin

A PERSONAL trainer has been given a six-month suspended prison sentence for assaulting a dog walker and his pet in a series of unprovoked attacks in Dublin.

Aidan Mulkearn, 49 and now a priest, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to cruelty and animal assault causing harm to the pet’s owner at Winetavern Street, south of the city centre. street, on the morning of September 13, 2020.

Aidan Mulkearn, 49, of South Circular Road, Dublin pictured at the Criminal Justice Court

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Aidan Mulkearn, 49, of South Circular Road, Dublin pictured at the Criminal Justice CourtCredit: IrishPhotoDesk.ie Patrick Cummins

He also admitted to four other attacks on men within three weeks.

None of the victims is known to Mulkearn, on South Circular Road, Dublin 8, people suffering from anger problems and had a psychological report.

Judge Gerard Jones heard how Mulkearn kicked the 41-year-old’s dog, but the pet owner challenged him.

However, the dog’s owner “received a punch to the face”, causing it to bleed from its lips.

However, he did not require medical attention.

He also pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to two men.

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He shouted “threats of abuse” at a victim sitting outside a cafe on August 21 in Harrington Street. Mulkearn then punches him in the eye.

He punched another man in the face at South Circular Road on September 14.

He also pleaded guilty to two other daytime assaults on Harrington Street.

However, they are less serious attacks and do not cause injury.

One victim said the defendant “punched him in the face and threw him to the ground” on August 24.

Another man told gardai that he was walking along the street when the defendant put his arm around him and said, “see where you are going, f****t you”.

HEADPHONE PROBLEM

Judge Jones noted that the defendant received a suspended two-year prison sentence last week for other assaults around the same time. He has no prior convictions for these offences.

Begging for leniency, defense attorney Paddy McGarry said his client has an anger problem. He entered counseling when he was in his 20s due to previous problems.

After being away from his family, he moved into a bungalow he built in the garden but then became homeless for a while.

He used to work as a laborer and became a personal trainer but is now thinking about joining the priesthood.

PROBATION

The lawyer said that Mulkearn, who did not speak in court, wanted to be ordered to participate in psychosocial services.

During the attacks, he mistakenly believes that the injured parties are hostile to him and “reacts defensively to things that don’t matter at all”.

Judge Jones handed down a six-month sentence but suspended it on the condition that Mulkearn did not re-offend for the next two years.

He tells him he is a lucky man and warns Mulkearn to leave everyone alone. He added that he would go straight to prison if there were any further violations.

https://www.thesun.ie/news/8237614/no-jail-punched-victim-attacked-dog-attacks-dublin/ No jail term for man who punched dog walker and his pet in a series of unprovoked attacks in Dublin

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