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.


Lifestyle

After separating from my husband of 15 years I was worried about how to meet someone new. In fact, on the dating apps I signed up to, I’ve had an overwhelming number of replies — but only from sexually enthusiastic younger men.Sex File: Dating a younger man is socially acceptable

Their paths first crossed in the classroom 13 years ago for childhood sweethearts Emma Murphy and Kevin Leahy.Wedding of the Week: Lessons in love started in the classroom for childhood sweethearts

“This podcast features something never previously heard — anywhere, from anyone — the confession tape of an Irish serial killer.'Podcast Corner: Chilling story of an Irish serial killer

Children’s creativity is inspiring, says Helen O’Callaghan.Inspiring creativity: Kids on call for climate essay

More From The Irish Examiner