A father of one who was dressed as Superman when he headbutted a man at a nightclub on Halloween night has been given a two-year suspended sentence.
Denis Ward, 39, later told gardaí he had no recollection of the assault but accepted “I took the book off him and went for him” after he was shown CCTV footage.
The stills from the nightclub showed him taking a fake bible from Daragh Comerford before he lunged at him. The victim was left with a broken nose and later required surgery due to a deviated septum.
Inspector Eamon Lynch told an earlier court hearing that when he arrived at the club having been alerted to the assault, he was informed by security staff that the culprit was dressed as Superman and had been with a woman dressed as Wonder Woman.
He said he later stopped Ward, who was no longer dressed up but was with a woman dressed as Wonder Woman. The Superman costume was found discarded in a nearby bin.
Mr Comerford later told gardaí that he had spotted some fake ‘prop’ bibles in the nightclub and was messing around with them when a man in a Superman costume took it from him. He said he told the man to “relax” before Ward headbutted him.
Ward, of Northern Close, Belcamp Lane, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Mr Comerford at D Two Nightclub, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 on October 31, 2017.
He has four previous convictions, three of them for road traffic offences.
Judge Melanie Greally heard via a victim impact statement that Mr Comerford had suffered a loss of €1,100 due to medical bills and having to take time off work.
The statement said the victim was “quite shook for a few weeks” after the assault and he had taken time off work. He said it affected him both physically and mentally and photographs were handed in of his injuries.
Barry Ward BL, defending, said his client has not touched alcohol since the assault. Judge Greally noted alcohol was “a significant factor” in the offence.
She handed down a two-year sentence which she suspended in full.