A business student knocked out the front tooth of another young man when he “saw red” and then attacked him.
Olm Fitzpatrick, 22, left the victim thousands of pounds in dental bills and a split lip when he punched him in a “moment of pure madness” after a “misunderstanding” over a bottle-throwing incident.
Judge Bryan Smyth dropped the case and spared him a criminal record after paying compensation and apologizing.
Fitzpatrick, of Whitebeam Road, Clonskeagh, pleaded guilty to causing an assault.
Garda Sergeant Michelle Lynch told Dublin District Court on the night of December 20, 2020 the victim met friends at Charlemont Place in central Dublin.
He had an argument with Fitzpatrick, with whom he had mutual friends.
The defendant once punched him in the mouth and the man’s left front tooth fell out.
The victim also suffered a deep laceration on his lower lip.
Fitzpatrick fled but returned a few minutes later apologizing and crying. The replacement of the tooth cost €3,440.
Fitzpatrick and the victim were out socializing with separate groups of friends, his attorney said.
There was a “misunderstanding” where Fitzpatrick thought the victim was part of another group throwing bottles.
The defendant made a “smart comment,” the victim told him to “get the fuck out,” and Fitzpatrick “went red and threw himself around.”
Fitzpatrick said his actions were “completely excessive” and that he would live with guilt and shame for the rest of his life.
His mother had already paid the victim’s A&E fee, and Fitzpatrick had saved the rest of the compensation himself.
Fitzpatrick, with no criminal record, studied business and law at UCD and focused on a career in accounting and finance.
The judge said the defendant made a serious but uncharacteristic error.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/student-knocked-out-mans-tooth-after-seeing-red-in-moment-of-pure-madness-41899070.html Student knocked out man’s tooth after “seeing red in moment of pure insanity”.