Dublin Man Sentenced for Biting Off Restaurateur's Ear in Drunken Assault

Petru Budai, a 43-year-old man from Lucan, bit off part of a restaurateur's ear in a drunken assault at a Swords restaurant. He was sentenced to 240 hours of community service after pleading guilty to assault causing harm.

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Dublin Man Sentenced for Biting Off Restaurateur's Ear in Drunken Assault

Dublin Man Sentenced for Biting Off Restaurateur's Ear in Drunken Assault

Petru Budai, a 43-year-old man from Lucan, Co Dublin, has been sentenced to 240 hours of community service for biting off part of a restaurateur's ear in a drunken assault. The incident occurred on October 28, 2021, at Whitehall Terrace, Swords, when Budai, who was clearly intoxicated, arrived at the restaurant door with two other men and demanded food and drink.

Why this matters: This incident highlights the dangers of alcohol-fueled violence and the need for addressing substance abuse issues to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future. It also serves as a reminder of the importance of promoting a culture of respect and non-violence in our communities.

When the restaurateur informed Budai that the premises were not yet open, Budai wrapped his hands around the man and bit his ear, saying "I eat you, I eat you." Others came to the restaurateur's assistance, and he was taken to hospital, where the bitten-off part of his ear was recovered but could not be re-attached.

Judge Martina Baxter described the attack as "devastating" and "traumatising" for the injured party, noting that Budai was "clearly out of control" due to his alcohol intoxication and that there were young people present at the time of the assault. Budai, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to one count of assault causing harm.

Taking into account mitigating factors, including Budai's receipt of alcohol addiction treatment, lack of prior criminal record, and expression of genuine remorse, Judge Baxter sentenced him to 240 hours of community service in lieu of a three-year jail term. Budai wrote a letter of apology to the victim and had a sum of €5,000 in court as a token of his remorse.

After the sentence was handed down, Budai nodded and said, "Thank you very much." The case serves as a stark reminder of the severe consequences that can result from alcohol-fueled violence and the importance of addressing substance abuse issues to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.

Key Takeaways

  • Man bites off part of restaurateur's ear in drunken assault.
  • Incident occurred at Whitehall Terrace, Swords, on October 28, 2021.
  • Perpetrator, Petru Budai, sentenced to 240 hours of community service.
  • Budai was intoxicated and had no prior convictions.
  • Incident highlights dangers of alcohol-fueled violence and need for substance abuse prevention.