UL student’s jaw was fractured during assault

David Hurley

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David Hurley

AN offer of €5,000 compensation which was made to a University of Limerick student whose jaw was broken during an unprovoked assault has been rejected by a judge.

AN offer of €5,000 compensation which was made to a University of Limerick student whose jaw was broken during an unprovoked assault has been rejected by a judge.

Kenneth Quirke, 23, of Curragh, Camp, Tralee, Co Kerry punched David Mullins during a student event at the UL Stables Club on November 24, 2009.

During a sentencing hearing at Limerick Circuit Court, Sgt Dermot Keating said the incident happened at the courtyard at the premises shortly before 8pm.

He said CCTV footage of the incident shows the defendant approaching Mr Mullins and punching him in the face. The injured man - who is from County Galway - sustained a fractured jaw and had three plates inserted after the attack.

Judge Carroll Moran was told that Mr Quirke has raised €5,000 in compensation but the judge said this figure was “too low” even in the current economic times.

The judge suggested that a figure of €10,000 would be more appropriate and in reply Mr Nicholas said his client would do his best to raise additional money.

“It is difficult but we will do what we can,” he said.

The case was adjourned until February 10, next.