Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 28, 2016

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Man who knocked cyclist off bike and choked him spared criminal record

by CyclingTips

A man in Ireland was cleared of all charges relating to an incident where he knocked a cyclist off his bike and proceeded to punch and put him in a headlock, which caused the helmet straps to choke the cyclist.

David Corcoran will instead pay €3,930 in compensation for the cyclist’s dental injuries and another €2,500 in the form of a charity donation to avoid a criminal record. Judge Michael Walsh struck the case from Dublin District Court, saying that the assault was an over-reaction to what was a “minor nuisance.”

The incident occurred in South Dublin when Philip Fitzgerald was cycling on a walkway. While walking in the other direction, Corcoran came upon a van parked on the walkway at the same time Fitzgerald was cycling toward him. Instead of getting out of the way he leaned into Fitzgerald, causing him to crash. Corcoran then punched Fitzgerald in the head and face before putting him in a headlock, causing him to be choked by the straps of his helmet. He also kneed him while in the headlock. Passersby broke up the altercation.

“He should have stepped aside but to be fair, the other party shouldn’t have been cycling on the footpath,” Corcoran’s defense attorney said.

Judge Walsh said the response was disproportionate to what had been, “no more than a very temporary, minor nuisance.” The defense conceded that Corcoran over reacted to the incident, but argued there was no pre-meditation.

Click through to read more at The Independent.