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WICK­LOW ac­tor Dar­ren Healy has to present him­self in Jan­uary to be­gin a four-year sen­tence for an as­sault on a man who de­vel­oped a blood clot on his brain af­ter hit­ting his head and sub­se­quently died.

Healy (29), of The Cot­tage, Kil­le­gar, En­niskerry, pleaded guilty at Dublin Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court last year to as­sault­ing Philip Bryan caus­ing him harm at Ea­mon Do­ran’s Pub in Tem­ple Bar on June 10, 2005.

Judge Pa­tri­cia Ryan heard that doc­tors had not been able to es­tab­lish if the blood clot had been caused by Healy’s as­sault on Mr. Bryan or by his sub­se­quent fall to the ground when he hit his head on a step.

Judge Ryan ex­tended her sym­pa­thies to the Bryan fam­ily on their loss. She im­posed a four-year sen­tence on Healy and sus­pended the fi­nal year on con­di­tions. The max­i­mum sen­tence for this of­fence is five years.

Judge Ryan con­sented to an ap­pli­ca­tion by de­fence coun­sel, Mr. Bernard Con­don BL, to post­pone the com­mence­ment of the sen­tence un­til Jan­uary 20, 2008. She or­dered Healy to present him­self at Pearse Street Garda Sta­tion on that day to be taken into cus­tody.

Judge Ryan noted that Healy had taken steps to re­ha­bil­i­tate his ‘chaotic life­style’ and had paid over €5,000 com­pen­sa­tion as a ‘prac­ti­cal ex­pres­sion of his re­morse.’

Healy has ap­peared in such TV se­ries as ‘The Clinic’, ‘Love Is the Drug’, ‘Proof’ and ‘On Home Ground’ as well as bit parts in films such as ‘Layer Cake’, ‘Dead Bodies’, ‘The Gen­eral’, and ‘Bloody Sun­day’.

De­tec­tive Garda Paul Mur­phy told Mr. Gar­net Or­ange BL, pros­e­cut­ing, that Healy was stand­ing on stools in Ea­mon Do­rans shak­ing and squirt­ing bot­tles of ‘al­copop’ over a crowd of friends when Mr. Bryan went over and ap­peared to try to calm him down in an am­i­ca­ble ex­change.

A wit­ness de­scribed turn­ing away from the men and then hear­ing a smack be­fore she turned back around and saw Healy punch Mr. Bryan twice in the face. Mr Bryan then fell to the ground hit­ting his head.

He was taken to hospi­tal for treat­ment but dis­charged him­self and re­turned home. He was rushed back to hospi­tal the fol­low­ing day and treated for a blood clot on his brain af­ter his mother found him un­con­scious.

Det. Garda Mur­phy said Healy con­tacted Gar­daí at Pearse Street Sta­tion and vol­un­tar­ily made a state­ment. He had eight pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for pub­lic or­der of­fences.

Healy told Gar­daí that Mr. Bryan had ap­proached him looking for a fight while he was hav­ing ‘craic’ with friends. He said he left the pub af­ter they ex­changed blows and that he was glad Mr. Bryan had re­cov­ered.

Mr. Con­don said if Mr. Bryan had not hit his head this could have been ‘a stan­dard punch up’. He said his client had never in­tended to cause such se­ri­ous in­juries and noted that when he dis­cov­ered the ex­tent of the harm caused he im­me­di­ately con­tacted gar­dai.

Mr. Con­don said Healy was an ac­tor who had a his­tory of sub­stance abuse but who had been clean for over a year. He was cur­rently work­ing in Eng­land and has se­cured work into the fu­ture in an un­sta­ble pro­fes­sion.

He said Healy has ex­pressed re­morse and co-op­er­ated fully with Gar­daí.

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