A young man repeatedly punched a woman in the face until he broke her nose because she would not allow him into a fast-food restaurant in Letterkenny.

Reece Harvey, aged 19, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with assault.

Harvey, from Blairstown in Castlefin, attacked Jayme Scott who was working for a security company at the Four Lanterns takeaway on the night of February 18th last.

Harvey arrived at the door of the takeaway with a glass in his hand but was refused entry by Ms Scott.

Harvey became aggressive and tried to assault her but he calmed down.

However, he returned and brutally assaulted her.

Garda Sgt Jim Collins told the court that Harvey repeatedly punched Ms Scott in the face until he broke her nose.

He was arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda station where he was apologetic and full of remorse.

The court was told that Harvey, who wants to be a civil engineer, has no previous convictions.

His solicitor, Mr Frank Dorrian, said his client has been full of remorse since the attack and was showing signs of anxiety.

He had written two letters, one to Judge Paul Kelly and one to his victim, Ms Scott.

In the letters, Harvey said he did not go out to hurt anyone but that he had too much to drink and did not think he was capable of doing such a thing.

Mr Dorrian said his client said he was ashamed of his actions and that they had both watched the CCTV footage of the attack.

“He is appalled by what happened,” said Mr Dorrian.

Mr Dorrian said he was willing to pay whatever compensation was necessary to his victim starting with the €248 medical bill Ms Scott had to pay as a result of her injuries.

Judge Paul Kelly said he would adjourn the case until September 18th next to allow for further compensation.

Mr Dorrian asked if the Judge had any sum in mind and was told that at least another €500 should be provided before the next court sitting.


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