Man who punched karaoke singer likely to avoid jail

A Dublin father-of-six who punched a man who was singing karaoke at a Christmas party may be spared jail.

Charles Dillon of Tara Hill Crescent, Rathfarnham, was found guilty by a jury of assault causing harm to Polish national Piotr Kozub at the Castle Inn Pub in Rathfarnham village on December 13th, 2008.

Charles Dillon punched Piotr Kozub in the face just as he'd begun singing a well-known Christmas song at a karaoke session.

He continued to beat him when he fell to the ground. In court the victim denied that he'd been acting agressively prior to the attack.

The father of six was convicted of assault causing harm.

Judge Desmond Hogan said Dillon had been “just a bit too quick with the fists”.

However he felt a custodial sentence would be “harsh” and indicated he would favour some form of restorative justice.

He has adjourned sentencing until July to allow the probation service assess whether Dillon would be suitable to complete 240 hours of community service.

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