Executive beat and strangled cyclist

A senior company executive, who beat and began strangling a cyclist for riding his bike on a Dublin city-centre footpath, has been spared a criminal record and a possible sentence.

David Corcoran, aged 51, with an address at Collinswood, Whitehall, in Dublin, had pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Philip Fitzgerald, who suffered dental injuries during the incident at Clanwilliam Terrace in D2 on July 1 last year.

The case was struck out after Corcoran complied with a judge’s order to pay €3,930 in compensation and to give €2,500 to charity.

Judge Michael Walsh had said earlier that Corcoran’s actions were completely disproportionate.

However, he ruled that he can avoid a criminal record and a possible sentence by covering Mr Fitzgerald’s medical expenses and new false teeth, and by donating money to the Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin, which helps people in need.

Garda Brian Cleary had told Dublin District Court that Corcoran was walking along Clanwilliam Terrace when a cyclist approached on the footpath.

Garda Cleary said that Corcoran shouldered Mr Fitzgerald off his bicycle causing him to fall to the ground. The incident happened at about 10.30am.

The businessman punched the cyclist in the face and head and got him into a headlock and “kneed him while he was in a headlock”. The attack was stopped when members of the public intervened and broke up the fight.

Mr Fitzgerald suffered dental injuries and his face was scratched.

He had told Judge Walsh he has recovered and the court had heard he faced €3,930 in medical expenses. Pleading for leniency, Eugene Dunne, defending, had said at an earlier hearing that his client was a senior company executive who had no prior criminal convictions.


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