A judge has told a Castlegregory man that a man he punched is entitled to more compensation.
22-year-old Alan Enright of Strand Street, Castlegregory pleaded guilty to assaulting John O'Halloran causing him harm at Main Street, Killarney in the early hours of December 7th 2019.
The court heard the injured party, who was bleeding from a broken nose, identified Alan Enright to Gardai as the man who punched him.
Mr O'Halloran said he was rolling a cigarette when the accused asked him for a cigarette and then out of nowhere struck him at least once in the face.
In his victim impact statement, Mr O'Halloran said he is awaiting surgery for a deviated septum, he also suffered loose teeth, a minor concussion and his sleeping pattern has been interrupted.
Solicitor Padraig O'Connell said his client has no previous convictions, had alcohol consumed on the night and was totally excessive in his actions, which he regrets.
Mr Enright, who is working as a fisherman, brought €1,200 to court in compensation for the victim.
Judge David Waters said the victim was left with serious injuries and the accused will have to bear the consequences; the judge said he wasn't convinced yet about not handing down a criminal conviction.
He adjourned the case to October 19th next telling Mr Enright he can impress the court on that date, adding that the victim is entitled to more compensation.