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A man attending a wedding in Killarney attacked the best man with a wine bottle after seeing him kissing his wife.

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The sentencing hearing of 47-year-old Richard Eso took place at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court yesterday.

He pleaded guilty to causing serious harm to Jonathan Aherne on the 11th of April 2015 at Cahernane House Hotel, Muckross Road, Killarney, and also pleaded guilty to producing a weapon, namely a bottle.

Richard Eso, a Nigerian citizen with an address at Geraldine Road in London, England, and his wife Rachel were guests at the wedding in Killarney in April 2015.

Tom Rice, prosecuting, said the guests were in the residents’ bar in the early hours when the accused’s wife started to kiss the best man, Jonathan Aherne.

Garda Michael Milner told the court Mr Eso became extremely angry and upset and there followed violent scenes.

Initially, the violence was directed towards Mr Eso’s wife, who was with him in court, however, Mr Eso then obtained a wine bottle, broke it and pursued Mr Aherne into the bar’s kitchen area.

The court heard Mr Eso inflicted significant injuries to Mr Aherne’s face and forehead; he has permanent scars as a result.

Mr Eso’s wife was also injured, but not seriously.

Garda Milner told the court that Mr Aherne, originally from Cork, was happy to move on with his life as soon as an offer of compensation was paid; he didn’t want Mr Eso to go to jail.

Judge John Hannon adjourned sentencing, saying the matter was serious and had some unusual features; a date is to be fixed next week.