Dublin man convicted of assaulting and injuring neighbour by 'continuously punching and head-butting him'

A man was yesterday convicted of assaulting and injuring his neighbour by “continuously punching and head-butting him”.

Peter Lambe, 50, was found guilty of assaulting 62-year-old Gerard Furlong after he pinned the grandad to the ground and left him bloodied and bruised.

The victim, who said he is still in constant fear, suffered serious facial injuries during the frenzied attack on March 4, 2016, which came after ongoing disputes.

Mr Furlong described how he had just left his home and he was getting into a car on Arran Road in Drumcondra, North Dublin, of when Lambe approached him aggressively.

He said the construction worker said, “I want to talk to you” and then grabbed hold of him and swung him around and kicked out.

The two men grappled with each other for a period on the road and Mr Furlong said Lambe “continued to punch me” as he pleaded with him to stop.

Dublin District Court heard the man's daughter Claire Tynan arrived at the scene midway through the attack.

06/12/2018 Gerard Furlong of Arran Road Drumcondra leaves Dublin District Court (Image: Collins)

She told Judge John Cheatle she saw Lambe “on top of him [Mr Furlong] and continuously head-butting and punching him”.

Ms Tynan said she ran towards the accused and “screamed for help” but he “wouldn’t stop”.

She added: “My dad’s face was covered in bruises and blood and he couldn’t really open one eye.

“He was really disorientated and I was very concerned for him. Dad didn’t look well.”

Lambe claimed he had been standing at the back of his van when Mr Furlong got out of a car and instigated the row.

The dad of one denied punching or head-butting the grandad but said “maybe he had hit his head” when they were rolling around.

Lambe also claimed five days before the altercation, which was related to a “driveway” issue, called to the Furlong home to talk but the door was slammed in his face.

Judge Cheatle convicted Lambe and said he was satisfied the incident happened as outlined by Mr Furlong and the State witnesses.

He adjourned sentencing until February 7.

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