Don’t jail attacker, says assault victim

Cian Haddock

The victim of an assault by a college student has asked a judge not to jail his attacker, Dublin Circuit Court has heard.

Cian Haddock punched Caolan Fanning during a shouting match between two groups of men at a Luas stop. The victim was knocked onto the Luas tracks and broke four of his teeth as a result.

Haddock, aged 22, of Glenbourne Walk, Leopardstown, Dublin, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm at Harcourt St on March 16, 2011.

Judge Patricia Ryan adjourned sentencing until next December and noted that Haddock was willing to pay over €8,400 to the victim as a practical expression of his remorse.

The court heard Mr Fanning holds no malice towards his attacker and does not wish to see him jailed.

In a victim impact report he said he hopes Haddock is remorseful and will learn from this experience, adding: “He’s a young person who made a mistake.”

Garda Stephen Walsh told Marie Torrens, prosecuting, during the row, the victim was restraining somebody in Haddock’s company when Haddock threw the single punch.

In a letter to the court, Haddock apologised to the victim and his family. “I made a bad decision that will stay with me for the rest of my life,” he said. “ I would do anything to undo it.”

Mr Fanning identified Haddock through Facebook and reported the assault to gardaí. His main concern is for the cost of dental treatment.


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