Man smashed his sis­ter’s jaw

COURT 240 HOURS COM­MU­NITY SER­VICE

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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.

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