Man hit his flatmate in the face with a belt

by Gazette Reporter

An Egyptian engineer who says he came to Ireland in 2012 after his family were killed in a bomb attack in Alexandria — has avoided a jail term for beating his flatmate with a belt during a tenancy dispute.
Garda Paul Newport said Mina Fanous (35) had turned up at the apartment he had lived in and told the flatmate he had rights before hitting her with the belt.
Fanous, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Jiagua Chen causing her harm, stealing her Samsung phone and causing criminal damage to her laptop at Time Place, Corrig Road, Sandyford, Dublin on April 20, 2015.
The case had been adjourned twice and Fanous was allowed out on bail to gather documentation to prove his claim of the bomb attack and his rights of access to the apartment.
Last week Fiona Pekaar BL, defending, handed in an email that proved that Fanous was still entitled to live in the apartment at the time of the assault.
Judge Melanie Greally acknowledged that Fanous was “lawfully entitled” to remain in the apartment at the time.
“This perhaps contributed to your sense of grievance and may in some way explain your deplorable conduct that day,” the judge said.
She noted from his interview with gardaí that he believed he was defending himself and his rights and claimed that he had been punched but described these admissions as “far from unequivocal”.
Judge Greally said that Fanous had “experienced a considerably tragic event” but noted there was no documentation in court to support this.
She imposed an 18 month sentence but suspended the balance, having taken into account the time he had spent in custody awaiting sentence.
Gda Newport told Sinead McMullan BL, prosecuting, that Fanous had lost his job at Dell months before the incident and that he had initially moved out of the flat due to problems paying rent.
Ms Chen had expected a friend to call over when she opened the door to Fanous on April 20, 2015.
Ms Chen fled the premises after being belted in the face, but returned a short time later with her friend.
Fanous left the address when confronted by the women. Ms Chen then realised her phone was gone and her laptop had been thrown out the window.
Gda Newport said Fanous made admissions in interview but claimed the assault was self-defence.
He agreed with Ms Pekaar that Fanous told gardaí he had been living out of B&B’s before his arrest.
He further agreed that Fanous had never been able to retrieve any of his belongings from the apartment.

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