A man who was convicted of assault at Carrickmacross District Court told his victim that he was going to ‘eat him’.
Stephen McQuilan, 94 Bree, Castleblayney pleaded guilty to an attack on a bar man in Castleblayney on March 7th of last year.
McQuilan, who has ADHD and bipolar disorder said he had no recollection of the incident.
The court heard how on the night in question McQuilan entered the Glencairn Hotel in Castleblayney.
He ordered a drink from the barman on duty, following which he started to become aggressive.
He was asked to leave the premises, at which point he dropped his pint on the ground.
The barman and another member of staff went to escort him from the property.
He became extremely aggressive and after making it some way to the door he lunged at the barman.
The barman was at one stage knocked over and both became in involved in a tussle. McQuilan also grabbed a pint glass in order to throw it but he was stopped by the other female member of staff.
At that stage he told the barman by name “..., I’m going to eat you”, before sinking his teeth into the man’s arm, drawing blood.
He was eventually forced out of the premises and the Gardaí arrested him.
Judge Sean MacBride described it as a savage attack and that he was of a mind to jail him.
The victim in the case was asked what his opinion of a jail term would be, and he replied that he would prefer if he was not jailed.
The victim knew McQuilan and his family, and harboured no ill will towards them.
Judge MacBride said that he would be making a compensation order of €2,000, which the victim was agreeable to.
He gave McQuilan, who is receipt of social welfare, until September to come up with the money, at which point he would be ordered to do 180 hours community service.