A NEWCASTLE West man who head butted his ex-girlfriend’s new partner claimed that he had received threatening messages prior to the incident.
Anthony Supple, aged 21, of 58 Arra View, Newcastle West has pleaded guilty to assault causing harm at Club Mission nightclub, Church Street, Newcastle West on May 12. The local court heard last week that Supple is hoping to avoid a criminal conviction for the attack as he wishes to join An Garda Siochana.
Garda John Moriarty told the court that at 2.30am on May 12 he was on patrol on Church Street when he met with a named male, who was “bleeding profusely” from his face and claimed that he had been head butted by the accused. Supple later gave a statement to gardai and admitted to the assault.
Solicitor Michael O’Donnell, defending, said that Supple, who has no previous convictions, wishes to join the gardai, but admitted that “this matter places a big question mark over that”.
Mr O’Donnell said that prior to this incident Supple had broken up with his girlfriend, who had since started a new relationship with the victim. On the night of the assault, Supple claimed he had received a “provocative text” from his ex-girlfriend, which threatened that “his legs would be broken”.
Supple and the victim had been “squaring up to each other” before Supple landed the head butt. Supple accepts there could be “very severe consequences” for his “ridiculous” actions, Mr O’Donnell added.
The court heard that there has been no contact between any of the parties since the assault.
Judge Mary Larkin adjourned the case for a probation report and victim impact statement. The case will appear before Newcastle West court again on February 11.