Two Chinese students accused of assaulting their housemate during a row over paying a bill, were fined at Dundalk district court last week.
Bin Hu (28) with an address at College Manor, Dundalk was charged with assault causing harm and attempted assault with a leg of a chair at Rockfield Manor, Hoey’s Lane, Dundalk on St. Valentine’s Day this year.
His co-accused and housemate Zhang Fan, was charged with assault.
The court was told last Wednesday there had been an altercation over the non-payment of a utility bill and the injured party alleged Bin Hu had punched him and struck with a leg of a chair in the hallway. He also claimed Zhang Fan pushed him.
An independent witness – who was another housemate, told gardai he’d seen Mr. Hu punch the man in the arm – and strike his arm with the leg of a chair, but he did not hit him on the head with it.
Insp. Martin Beggy said the injured party suffered a serious medical illness 24 hours later but there was no evidence it was definitively caused by the assault or one that was alleged to have occurred the day before.
The court heard Bin Hu had €300 in court for the injured party and Zhang Fan – who had acted as a peacemaker, had €200 euro.
Judge Flann Brennan said while there were mitigating factors it was nonetheless a serious incident, he fined Mr. Hu a total of €500 euro and Mr. Fan €250.