Hangover of champagne assault case is still being felt

Barrister Mark Nicholas said his client is of 'excellent character'
A MAN who assaulted another man with a large champagne bottle six years ago is due back before the court in the New Year to determine if he can raise an additional €4,500 in the case, writes Anne Sheridan.

A MAN who assaulted another man with a large champagne bottle six years ago is due back before the court in the New Year to determine if he can raise an additional €4,500 in the case, writes Anne Sheridan.

Stephen Potter, 35, with an address at Butterville Avenue, Old Cork Road, has pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to a 44-year-old man on September 23, 2007, in Mojo’s bar.

Mr Potter was drinking in the bar that Sunday night when two other men, “who have had differences in the past”, had a dispute.

Security staff observed the defendant pick up a champagne bottle from a display unit. “At first they thought he was messing or stealing it. But he went downstairs and swung the bottle at [the injured party]. He hit him with some ferocity in the head,” said John O’Sullivan, BL, for the prosecution.

The display bottle, contained no alcohol, and it did not break during the assault.

Both men were arguing outside the pub when gardai arrived. The injured party had “blood rolling down his face” after the assault and consequently received seven stitches to his scalp and eyebrow area at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital.

Mark Nicholas, BL, for the defence, said his client, who has one previous conviction for a road traffic offence dating back to 1993, is a man “of excellent character, apart from this moment of madness.”

Judge Carroll Moran earlier made a compensation order for €7,500, but since then Mr Potter had been made redundant.

He has raised some €3,000 in the case, but the Judge said he expects him to continue raising compensation. He is due back before the court on January 14.