Two given suspended sentences for attack on foreign students in Dublin
Two men have received suspended jail sentences for their roles in a violent attack on a group of foreign students in Dublin.
The group of 15 French and German Erasmus students were “corralled” into a laneway by the men, who attacked them with snooker cues.
Eight of the men were injured. One had his jaw broken in three places. Another was knocked unconscious and a third received six stitches to the back of his head.
Six men were charged with violent disorder. Four of these pleaded guilty yesterday at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to violent disorder at Foley Street on May 23rd, 2010.
Elva Duffy, prosecuting, told the court there was a short altercation between the students and a group of local teenagers who then ran away.
She said the four accused then pulled up in a car and got out armed with snooker cues.
Judge Desmond Hogan suspended a two-year jail term on Daniel Ryan (22) of Charleville Mall, North Strand, Dublin, on condition he keeps the peace for that period. Ryan had no previous convictions and had brought €500 to court.
Craig Kavanagh (20), of William Street North, Dublin, received a suspended sentence of three years.
He had four previous convictions and had brought €400 to court.
The judge adjourned the sentencing of Aaron Coughlan (22), James Larkin House, North Strand, until November 29th and remanded him on bail with a curfew.
He also put back the sentencing of Wesley Kavanagh (26), William Street North, to April 12th and ordered a new probation report.