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Derry attack victim doesn't want student's life ruined: court

By George Jackson

The victim of an assault who suffered bleeding to the brain and a broken bone in his forehead did not want the consequences of the attack to ruin the life of his attacker, a court has heard.

The disclosure was made by a Public Prosecution Service barrister in the case of Jack Bergin, a 20-year-old university student from Cypress Grove in the Steelstown area of Londonderry.

The defendant had been due to go on trial today for causing grievous bodily harm to his victim outside the Sugar Nightclub in Shipquay Street in Derry city centre on June 16, 2016. He was also charged with assaulting a second man in the same incident.

However, in court yesterday, defence barrister Eoghan Devlin told Judge Elizabeth McCaffrey that the defendant wished to be re-arraigned on the two charges he had originally denied. The defendant then entered pleas of guilty to both charges.

The prosecutor told Judge McCaffrey he had spoken to the victim of the more serious assault.

"He said the injury sustained by him was not intentional but rather an unfortunate circumstance of the assault and he said he bears no animus against the accused. He also said he would not like to think this incident would ruin the life of the accused," he said.

Judge McCaffrey said that was a very generous approach by the victim, given what she had read in the contents of a medical report of his injuries. She said she would want to know how well the victim had recovered from his injuries before passing sentence.

The defence barrister said Bergin was in the process of obtaining money by way of compensation to his victim.

Bergin was released on bail until sentencing on July 4.

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