Judge tells publican to raise more compensation for assault victim

A 50 year old publican who admitted assaulting a bar maid in his own premises, was told last week that he has to raise more compensation for the victim.

A 50 year old publican who admitted assaulting a bar maid in his own premises, was told last week that he has to raise more compensation for the victim.

Patrick Belton of Magoney, Inniskeen had been told in July that the €500 he had in court was grossly inadequate and last Wednesday was told the €1,500 on offer was still not enough. The original hearing was told that the injured party was working in Pa’s Bar on Bridge Street, Dundalk on the second of April last year, where her employer was drinking with friends, as a customer. The accused became difficult to deal with having consumed a lot of alcohol and became abusive to the woman, who went to leave. However, the defendant followed and verbally abused her and the woman lost her footing as he pushed her and fell to the ground, cutting her finger on a bottle opener. The court was told the accused continued to push the victim outside the premises. The case was put back so a victim impact report could be prepared and Judge Flann Brennan said the sum of €500 in his view was grossly inadequate”.

Last Wednesday, the Defence solicitor said his client is a different man when sober. He said he had grossly over reacted and numerous texts had been sent later that night by way of apology and Mr. Belton could assure the court he will have absolutely no further contact with the injured party.

The woman told the court she had been left with a scar and now attends a physio for her back. She claimed she had been constantly harassed by people on behalf of her former employer who the Defence said were simply trying to resolve matters.

She also claimed she had been approached by the accused when she began a new job two weeks earlier.

Judge Flann Brennan adjourned the case to the first of May, saying he wasn’t satisfied the sum on offer was adequate and suggested an amount of €2,000.

He added that he wanted to make sure the woman has no further complaints about being approached.