Compensation of €7k paid for kicking work colleague in head at party in Limerick

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Limerick Circuit Court was told a lot of alcohol was consumed

Limerick Circuit Court was told a lot of alcohol was consumed

A MAN who repeatedly kicked a work colleague in the head during a Christmas party has been ordered to pay him €7,000 in compensation.

Deividas Toutteevicius, aged 35, of Glenn Coille, Dromcollogher had pleaded guilty to assaulting Nigel Thompson during an incident near his home in the early hours of December 20, 2014.

During a sentencing hearing, Garda James Finn said the men, who were colleagues at a local factory, had attended a “break-up party” earlier in the evening before attending a house party.

Limerick Circuit Court was told a lot of alcohol was consumed and that at some point during the night Mr Thompson was asked to leave such was his level of intoxication.

Garda Finn said an altercation developed between him and another man as he was leaving and that “suddenly and without warning” he was assaulted by the defendant who kicked him in the face after he was knocked to the ground.

Mr Thompson sustained serious facial injuries including a fractured cheekbone and dental damage. He was out of work for around two months following the incident.

Garda Finn told Lily Buckley BL, prosecuting, that Mr Toutteevicius made full admissions when contacted by gardai and expressed shock at the level of injuries which Mr Thompson had sustained.

Originally from Lithuania, the defendant, who his married with a number of young children, has been living and working in Ireland since 2004.

Judge Tom O’Donnell was told he has no previous convictions and is deeply ashamed of his actions.

The judge said the unprovoked nature of the assault and the use of a boot were aggravating factors.

While noting that alcohol had been consumed, he said what happened was a “cowardly attack” which could not be excused.

He accepted the defendant’s plea was important as any trial could have been difficult given that many of the potential witnesses are known to each other.

Having been informed that €7,000 had been raised by Mr Toutteevicius, the judge ordered that it be paid over to gardai to be forwarded to Mr Thompson.

He imposed a two year prison sentence, suspending it for two years.