Man kicked his sis­ter in face as she lay on floor


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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.

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