A MAN reacted to his girlfriend breaking up their relationship over a meeting at a café by throwing hot coffee into her face.
The victim of this assault which occurred back in June 2018 cried in Cork District Court today and said she had ended up suffering from depression as a result of the attack.
34-year-old Kevin Farrell of 3 Oak Drive, Hillview, Waterford, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault causing harm to his ex-girlfriend.
Sergeant Gearóid Davis said that on June 27, 2018, at 4.30 pm Kevin Farrell was having coffee with his then-girlfriend at O’Brien’s café in Mahon Point, Cork.
His then-girlfriend ended her relationship with him on this occasion. Kevin Farrell got upset by this and threw hot coffee into her face. She ended up being treated for burns to her cheek, chest and thigh.
Frank Buttimer, defence solicitor, said there was no doubt about it but that it was a dreadfully bad offence which had traumatised the young woman.
In his favour, Mr Buttimer said the accused had no previous convictions of any kind and that he had pleaded guilty to it.
Judge Olann Kelleher said he would adjourn sentencing until January 9, 2020, to allow time for the preparation of a probation report.
As the injured party wept loudly in court she stood up and asked the judge if it would be finalised on that date, adding, “I need to be able to move on with my life.” Judge Kelleher said he would finalise the case on that date.