Man jailed for violent robbery of drunk victim in late-night attack

Accused punched and stamped on man who was turned away from nightclub, court hears

The judge said it seems Nathan Harold – pictured outside the court – ‘spotted an opportunity and decided to prey upon the unfortunate’ victim. Photograph: Collins Courts

The judge said it seems Nathan Harold – pictured outside the court – ‘spotted an opportunity and decided to prey upon the unfortunate’ victim. Photograph: Collins Courts

 

A father-of-one who attacked an intoxicated man in an alley has been jailed for 3½ years.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Nathan Harold (26) stole from the victim who had been turned away from a nightclub, punched him a number of times and stamped on him as he was leaving.

Harold, of no fixed abode but previously of Ratoath Avenue, Finglas, Dublin 11, pleaded guilty to robbery at Camden Place, Dublin city centre, on November 22nd, 2019. His 55 previous convictions include convictions for theft, possession of drugs and public order offences.

Det Garda Joseph Heafy told John Quirke, prosecuting, that on the night in question, Cathal Doyle had been refused entry to a nightclub due to being intoxicated and was walking home, when he was approached by the accused and a woman.

Det Garda Heafy said Harold punched Mr Doyle, knocking him to the ground. Mr Doyle next remembers being picked up off the ground by someone he knew and his phone and wallet were missing.

Remorse

The court heard that Harold was on bail at the time of the offence.

Det Garda Heafy agreed with Kate Egan, defending, that her client said in an interview that he was strung out on benzodiazepine at the time of the incident.

He agreed that her client had expressed remorse for the incident.

Ms Egan said her client had to leave the family home after he began acting out following his parents’ separation. * She said her client has been homeless on and off ever since.

Counsel said her client has one son who lives with his mother and that her client visits the house every day.

Judge Martin Nolan said it seems the accused “spotted an opportunity and decided to prey upon the unfortunate Mr Doyle”. He said he grabbed the victim, took what he wanted, punched him a number of times and stamped on him as he was leaving.

Judge Nolan sentenced Harold to 3½ years in prison.

*This article was amended on March 9th 2021