Man kicked his sister in face as she lay on floor
COURT CASE JUDGE HANDS DOWN 240 HOURS COMMUNITY SERVICE
A SHANKILL MAN who broke his sister’s jaw has been sentenced to 240 hours of community service after a judge heard his case.
John Evans ( 24), Quinn’s Road, Shankill, kicked his sister Lorna Evans in the face during a drunken argument at her Leopardstown home on July 23, 2005.
He pleaded guilty at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting and causing her harm.
Evans was at his sister’s house for a card game, the court heard.
Detective Garda John Phelan said that there were a number of children in the house on the night in question, including Ms. Evans’ two-month-old baby daughter.
Evans and his girlfriend were asked to leave the house, when Ms. Evans boyfriend found them in his bedroom, where the baby slept, rather than in the spare room, the Garda said.
Evans then got into a heated argument with his sister on the way out and pushed her up against a wall, knocking her out.
Det. Garda Phelan added that 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 then went about leaving, saying ‘ I’m sick of yous’ but on his way out he stopped and then started hugging his sister, telling her he was sorry.
The brother and sister have now patched things up, the court heard.
Ms. Evans, who was supporting her brother when he appeared in court, would not give evidence.
Her garda statement said that she thought she lost consciousness because she can’t remember anything until she woke up on the
with blood gushing from her mouth.
Evans paid his sister’s medical bills and brought € 1,000 to court as a token of what Judge Katherine Delahunt called his ‘ genuine remorse’.
Judge Delahunt noted that a probation report before the court indicated that Evans had made a number of ‘ dramatic changes’ in his life since his first appearance before the courts on the charge and ordered that he was to carry out the community service in lieu of a three-year prison sentence.