Romanian who glassed lounge-boy in face jailed for 18 months

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A man who glassed a lounge-boy in the face and knocked out his two front teeth has been jailed for 18 months.

Counsel for Silviu Voivod (31) urged Judge Melanie Greally not to send him to jail, arguing Voivod was a first-timer offender with no previous convictions.

“He did a very wrong thing. But he had a blameless life before that and he has had a blameless life since,” Luigi Rea BL told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

“Since this incident occurred he has proved he is indeed a person who is capable of resuming his law-abiding life.”

Judge Greally said a strong element of deterrence was required in the cases of glassings, given the “horrific glassing culture that has emerged in recent years”.

She sentenced Voivod to three years’ imprisonment, but suspended the final 18 months, taking into account his lack of previous convictions and his guilty plea.

Voivod, of Little Pace, Clonee, Co Meath, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Robert McMickan at Dandelion Bar & Nightclub, St Stephen’s Green in Dublin on October 12th, 2014. Una Tighe BL, prosecuting, previously told the court that Mr McMickan was a first-year college student who was working part-time as a lounge boy in the venue.

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