A man who broke another man’s jaw for no apparent reason was told to pay his victim €5,000 or face prison.
The court heard how Ronan Carolan, Clonberton, Nobber, Co Meath was in an altercation with a man on the 1 April in which his victim sustained serious injuries.
The victim, a foreign national, appeared before Carrickmacross Garda Station to make a complaint on the 4 April, after spending several days in hospital.
He did know his attacker, but after viewing CCTV footage of the incident the Gardaí arrested Carolan on 17 May.
The footage showed the victim passing Bruno restaurant, where he exchanged words with Carolan. Carolan then struck the man in the face. The victim could be seen holding his face.
Carolan admitted to the crime when arrested and fully co-operated with Gardaí.The court that Carolan, who has a steady job working in the local video store, was extremely drunk on the night of the incident and was sorry for the attack.
Judge Sean MacBride said that Carolan would have to produce €5,000 by way of compensation due to serious nature of the assault, and that he would be giving him a six months suspended sentence, suspended for two years. Judge MacBrideadjourned the case to 8 January 2014 and said that if he did not have the money by that point he would be going to jail.