DPP appeals ‘lenient’ sentence for nightclub glass assault

Robert Jones given 18 months suspended for assault which left victim blind in one eye

Robert Jones (26), of Glenview Park, Tallaght, Dublin, received an 18-month suspended sentence for assaulting a man with a glass in the Palace nightclub on Camden Street in July 2014. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Robert Jones (26), of Glenview Park, Tallaght, Dublin, received an 18-month suspended sentence for assaulting a man with a glass in the Palace nightclub on Camden Street in July 2014. Photograph: Collins Courts.

 

A former bank worker spared jail for a nightclub glass assault which left a man blind in one eye must wait to hear whether he will be sent to prison following an appeal by prosecutors.

Robert Jones (27), of Glenview Park, Tallaght, had pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at the Palace nightclub, Camden Street on July 20th, 2014.

He was given a suspended 18-month sentence by Judge John Aylmer on February 24th, 2016.

The Director of Public Prosecutions is seeking a review of Jones’s sentence on grounds that it was “unduly lenient”. The three-judge Court of Appeal reserved judgment until Thursday, April 6th.

‘Actual time served’

Ms Murphy said it was a very serious offence with very serious consequences for the victim who lost the sight in his eye. She said the sentencing judge gave too much credit for Jones’ guilty plea in circumstances where he was “caught red-handed”.

Provocation

He said a custodial sentence would have had a “devastating” effect on Jones.

Ms Murphy said the provocation referred to could not have justified the level of violence used.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Jones worked in a bank at the time of sentencing. The Court of Appeal heard that he now works in accounting.