Man smashed his sister’s jaw
COURT 240 HOURS COMMUNITY SERVICE
A YOUNG Shankhill man who broke his sister’s jaw but has since made up with her has been ordered by Judge Katherine Delahunt to carry out 240 hours work in the community.
John Evans (24) of Quinn’s Road, Shankhill, paid for Ms Lorna Evans’s medical bills after he kicked her in the face during a drunken argument at her Leopardstown home on July 23, 2005.
He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting causing her harm.
Judge Katherine Delahunt accepted that Evans had €1,000 in court to offer his victim as a token of what she described as his ‘genuine remorse’.
She noted that a probation report before the court indicated that Evans had made ‘dramatic changes’ in his life since his first appearance before the courts on the charge and ordered that he carry out the community service in lieu of a three year prison sentence.
Detective Garda John Phelan said that Evans went to his sister’s house with his girlfriend to play cards and drink with his sister, her boyfriend and their cousin the previous evening.
Det Gda Phelan said around 1am the next morning, Evans and his girlfriend retired to one of the bedrooms for the night.
He said Ms Evan’s boyfriend discovered that the couple had gone into his bedroom, where his baby daughter was sleeping, instead of the spare room and asked them to leave.
He said Evans got into an argument with his sister on his way out through the kitchen and pushed her up against the wall, causing her to bang her head and sciousness.
He said Ms Evans’s boyfriend ran to her aid and Evans gave her ‘two boots to the face’ as she lay slumped on the floor. He said Evans went to leave saying “I’m sick of yous” but on his way out started hugging his sister saying he was sorry.
Ms Evans, who was supporting her brother in court, declined to give evidence but said in her garda statement that she thought she lost consciousness because she can’t remember anything until she woke up on the floor with blood gushing from her mouth.
Det Gda Phelan agreed with defence counsel, Ms Marie Torrens BL that Evan’s paid for his sister’s medical treatment for a fractured lower jaw, which included insertion of multiple bone plates and a jaw wire.