Security guard broke ex-girfriend’s partner’s eye socket

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

Concerns: Sgt Donal Cronin
A PROBATION report is being sought in relation to a security guard who broke the eye socket of his ex-girlfriend’s partner after kicking in the door of her apartment.

A PROBATION report is being sought in relation to a security guard who broke the eye socket of his ex-girlfriend’s partner after kicking in the door of her apartment.

Piotr Halat, 31, of Mahon House, Upper William Street, had earlier entered guilty pleas at Limerick District Court to charges of burglary and assault causing harm arising from the incident at Harvey House, Steamboat Quay, on June 14, 2011.

The matter had been adjourned to allow Halat pay compensation to the injured party, €1,000 of which has now been paid over.

Sgt Donal Cronin reminded Judge Eugene O’Kelly the victim had required treatment in hospital after Halat had broken his eye socket.

John Devane, solicitor, said of Halat that “a child he was in loco parentis to was living” with his former partner. “He now has the child every weekend and is back on good terms with her,” Mr Devane said, adding the events of June 14, 2011 arose more from Halat’s “concern about the child more than anything else”.

The accused worked part-time as a security guard and a conviction could have serious implications for his future employment. In spite of the incident having been reported in the media, his current employer “has put great faith in him and continues to employ him”, Mr Devane said.

“Yes but is he fit to practice,” said Judge O’Kelly. “This is the man who kicked in a door, hit and punched a completely innocent party and kneed him in the head, fracturing his eye socket.”

But the judge said he had to afford Halat some credit for having no prior convictions and that he appeared to have been acting “under some form of emotional distress that was out of character”.

He sought a probation report and said it was open to the assault victim to seek further compensation in a civil action.