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A man who attacked the best man at a wedding with a wine bottle, after seeing him kissing his wife, has received a suspended sentence.

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47-year-old Richard Eso had 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.

Guests were in the residents’ bar in the early hours when the accused’s wife started to kiss the best man, Jonathan Aherne.

Upon seeing this, Mr Eso became extremely angry, inflicting significant injuries to Mr Aherne’s face and forehead with a broken wine bottle.

Tralee Circuit Court heard the medical opinion of a plastic surgeon who said Mr Aherne had suffered serious disfigurement, permanent scarring and cosmetic deformity as a result of the attack.

In considering his verdict, Judge John Hannon said Mr Eso had entered an early plea of guilt and had no prior convictions.

He was said to have co-operated with the Gardaí and had twice returned voluntarily from the UK to be interviewed.

Mr Eso, a cleaner, had also come up with €18,000 in compensation and had promised a further €2,000 to the victim.

Judge Hannon sentenced Mr Eso to 24 months and 12 months on the first and second counts, to run concurrently.

Each charge was suspended for 36 months on the basis of a bond of good behaviour, keeping the peace, and the discharge of the additional €2,000 to Mr Aherne before December 1st of this year.