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25/09/2021

Kildare man that was glassed in face for protecting his girlfriend receives €70K

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A Kildare man who was glassed in the face after he asked another man to stop harassing his girlfriend has been awarded €70,000 in damages by the High Court. 28-year-old Andrew Mulligan, of Castletown, Leixlip sued Conor Heneghan, Maynooth after the defendant head-butted and punched him before eventually pushing a pint glass into Mr Mullingan's face. According to the victim, while at a nightclub back in 2011, his girlfriend came back from the toilet very upset after the defendant had attempted to kiss her and acted inappropriately towards her. Mr Mulligan asked Mr Heneghan to stop annoying his girlfriend, at which time he head-butted him before punching him and then pushed a pint glass into the left side of his face. In evidence Mr Mulligan told the court: “I told him it was not on; you can’t do that. He head butted me and the next bit is a bit of blur. A pint glass was pushed in my face and I was punched. A friend pulled me out of the premises.” Mr Heneghan was convicted in relation to the assault and sentenced to three-and-a-half years, with 18 months of that suspended. He also paid the victim €10,000 in damages at the time as Counsel Mark O'Connell said he felt remorseful. Mr Heneghan is currently out on temporary release at the moment. Mr Justice Cross described the incident as a 'very nasty assault' and awarded a further €60,000 in damages towards Mr Mulligan.    

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