Man asks for attacker not to be jailed after Grafton Street assault

Tuesday 14 May 2013 19.53
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Declan McGowan, 24, from North Circular Road in Dublin, was convicted of assault
Declan McGowan, 24, from North Circular Road in Dublin, was convicted of assault
Thomas Carter has two titanium plates in his skull and a permanent scar after he was assaulted in Dublin
Thomas Carter has two titanium plates in his skull and a permanent scar after he was assaulted in Dublin

A man who was left with severe head injuries after being punched by another man has said he does not want his attacker to go to prison.

Declan McGowan, 24, from North Circular Road in Dublin, was convicted by a jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of assaulting Thomas Carter and was given a three-year suspended sentence.

Mr Carter told RTÉ News that he did not want revenge, saying he was satisfied that McGowan was sorry for what he had done.

He said he believed that prison would make the former boxer a worse person.

McGowan punched Mr Carter in the head on Grafton Street two years ago. The 23-year-old fell and hit his head on the ground.

He underwent surgery and now has two titanium plates in his skull and a permanent scar after receiving 41 stitches.

Mr Carter had been arguing about prices with a rickshaw driver when McGowan, who did not know him and was not involved, "came out of nowhere" and punched him in the head.

Mr Carter told the judge McGowan was a "culprit with a conscience" who checked on his condition in Beaumont Hospital and apologised for what he had done.

The two shook hands outside the courtroom today and Mr McCarter, now a business graduate, said he had put the assault behind him.