Latvian ‘knocked out’ victim’s teeth during row in County Limerick town

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

Limerick Courthouse
A LATVIAN national who knocked out seven of a man’s false teeth during a street assault in Newcastle West has been told he faces prison if he does not pay compensation.

A LATVIAN national who knocked out seven of a man’s false teeth during a street assault in Newcastle West has been told he faces prison if he does not pay compensation.

Kristaps Sarovarcenko, aged 23, of Daarwood Crescent, Newcastle West has pleaded guilty to assault causing harm on Church Street, Newcastle West on March 25, 2012.

Speaking at the local, Insp Brian Sugrue said that in the early hours of the date in question Sarovarcenko and another man attacked the male victim, during which Sarovarcenko “punched him three or four times”.

The victim then fell to the ground, and the other male began to kick him, Insp Sugrue added. The court was told that the victim had “seven teeth knocked out” during the attack, but they were false teeth.

Solicitor Michael O’Donnell, defending, said that Sarovarcenko, who has no previous convictions, is a Latvian national who has lived in Ireland for seven years.

Judge Aeneas McCarthy said that the assault was “serious” and asked “why shouldn’t he go to prison?”

Mr O’Donnell said that the incident arose from some “rubbing off each other in a night club”, and said there was “a lot of drink involved”.

Mr O’Donnell said that the other male attacker, and not Sarovarcenko, had “a more aggravating input” into what happened.

However, Mr O’Donnell said that Sarovarcenko is “ashamed of what he did”. The accused is currently employed at a local garage, the court was told.

Insp Sugrue said that the victim had suffered a total loss of €520 arising from the attack.

Judge McCarthy said that whether or not Sarovarcenko pays compensation to the victim will be “the difference between a suspended sentence, or going to prison”.

The case was adjourned until June 14 for payment of €520.

The judge warned “the court will not tolerate instalments. The whole amount is to be in court on that date”.