- Friday, 15
son tells of his shame over attack on bouncer
The son of Fr
Michael Cleary has admitted his deep "shame" after breaking
a bouncer's nose in a drunken brawl.
Actor and model
Ross Hamilton escaped a sentence of eight months
imprisonment and was ordered to do 240 hours
Hamilton says he must change after assault
service after the attack.
And Mr Hamilton
(34) said that he had lingering regrets about his "loutish"
behaviour outside the Botanic House pub on October 1 last
"I shamed myself
publicly and, to be honest, it is not the first time. A
pattern has formed which I must now accept and address," he
pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to doorman Martin
McKevitt on the night where he admitted he went on a
drinking binge with little or no food.
He said that his
personality changed with alcohol and when drunk he believed
he was "very funny and an authority to be respected in all
always seems to antagonise the authority figures he
encounters and inevitably there is some form of scuffle and
an arrest," he said. "This last time there were no
flashbacks. One second I am mellow, chatting in a bar --
blink -- next I am in a cell," he said.
"I woke up in
the cell with no idea how I got there and no idea what I had
done. Hours went by and I worried my ass off. What had I
done? I dreaded to imagine."
The court heard
that Hamilton had eight previous convictions from 1998 to
2004 for motoring and public order offences as well as one
for violent behaviour in a garda station.
Mr Hamilton told
the court that he wished to apologise to Mr McKevitt and had
made an offer of compensation but this was rejected by the
victim, who intends to pursue Mr Hamilton for damages in the
Mr Hamilton said
that his "first introduction to shame" was when he became
known as the 'priest's son'.
"The public has
been kind to me ever since my story came into the public
arena and I would just like to apologise to anyone I might
have hurt or disappointed," he said.