By Brion Hoban
A Moldovan man who “savagely attacked” and fractured the skull of a stranger has been jailed for 32 months.
Valerian Burcovsehi (33) with an address at Stonebridge Drive, Hartstown, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Price’s Lane, Dublin 2, on 26 April, 2019.
Detective Garda Christopher Fitzgerald said Burcovsehi and the victim Jason Brophy did not know each other. On the night in question, the accused approached Mr Brophy after crawling towards him on the street and knocked him to the ground.
Gda Fitzgerald said that while Mr Brophy was on the ground, Burcovsehi jumped on him four times, kicked him in the head and struck him in the face three times with his heel.
Mr Brophy, who was barely conscious when gardaí arrived, suffered fractures to his skull, his nose, his ribs and his spine.
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The court heard that around an hour prior to this incident, Burcovsehi was observed outside a nightclub “jumping around like a lunatic”, doing press-ups on the pavement and taking off his top.
In interview with gardaí, Burcovsehi identified himself on CCTV footage of the incident. When viewing the footage, he said: “I do deserve to be locked up”.
In his victim impact statement Mr Brophy said: “I am living a nightmare and it feels like I am living through a death sentence.”
He said he hasn’t left his home since he returned from hospital. He said he is not able to work properly due to balance issues causing him to frequently trip.
Mr Brophy said he needs help tying his shoes and doing up buttons. He said he is eating mostly liquefied foods and needs help washing himself.
Burcovsehi, who has no previous convictions, admitted during interview that he had consumed alcohol on the night in question, but denied taking medication or drugs.
His solicitor said he was “clearly operating under some form of mental unwellness” at the time of the offence. He said his client has previously been assessed for having a personality disorder.
Judge Martin Nolan said Mr Brophy was “savagely attacked” on the night in question. He said that Burcovsehi was behaving “in a very vicious and unstable manner”.
He sentenced Burcovsehi to 32 months imprisonment.