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Friday, 15 July 2011
Dublin, Ireland
Priest's 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

Ross Hamilton
Ross Hamilton says he must change after assault conviction

community 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 year.


"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 said.

Mr Hamilton 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 matters".

"This 'me' 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 civil courts.

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.

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