No jail for tattoo artist for breaking man’s jaw

A vicious assault by a tattoo artist which resulted in the victim having his jaw broken in two places resulted in the assailant getting a suspended two-year jail sentence yesterday.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said yesterday at Cork Circuit Criminal Court: “This was a vicious assault with serious consequences for the victim.

“The accused has pleaded guilty. There was no previous between the parties. No implement was used other than his fist. It was not pre-meditated and the accused has behaved himself since.

“It was a very serious assault. He has paid €5,000 which is not much but I am told he is doing the best he can in his circumstances.

“I am impressed the accused has not come to the attention of the gardaí since and has behaved himself.”

Dylan Scannell of 27 Foster’s Haven, Cobh, Co Cork, got a two-year jail term suspended in its entirety.

Detective Garda Richard White previously described the background to the incident where Scannell got into a row with the injured party Ronan O’Brien in Cobh: “They were out on the night in question in February 2013. They got into a verbal argument. The defendant threw one punch to the jaw of the injured party fracturing it in two places.

“Questioned subsequently Mr Scannell could not recall actually throwing the punch.”

Defence barrister Donal O’Sullivan said the money was more an apology than real compensation in the context of ongoing surgery Mr O’Brien requires. He said it all arose out of a silly argument. While Scannell threw only one blow the consequences for Mr O’Brien were very serious. The barrister said the accused worked as a part-time tattoo artist.


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