Paid e600 to homeless charity

A man who spat a bar manager during an altercation and grabbed a customer by the neck, had his case struck out at Dundalk district court last week after he paid €600 to a homeless charity.

A man who spat a bar manager during an altercation and grabbed a customer by the neck, had his case struck out at Dundalk district court last week after he paid €600 to a homeless charity.

The court heard a week before that Patrick Martin with an address at Toberona Road, Dundalk had no previous convictions and hopes to get work abroad.

The 29 year old was charged with assault causing harm and assault arising out of the incident at O’Connell’s pub on Quay Street in Dundalk on the fourth of February last year.

At the original hearing Garda Insp Martin Beggy told the court that gardai were called to a disturbance in the premises, where the defendant had been kicking and banging at windows and doors as a result of the manager refusing to serve him alcohol.

The court heard while there the defendant got involved in an altercation with a customer.

He spat at the bar manager and grabbed the customer by the neck leaving him with scrape marks.

Insp. Beggy said the customer told gardai he was acting in self-defence when he head butted the defendant to get him to release his grip.

The accused admitted being drunk and taking an illicit substance before the incident.

The Defence solicitor argued it was totally out of character. He said his client was a skilled brick layer who’d been employed full time for 10 years, and had not come to adverse attention during that time. He explained that after he fell out of the ordinary path of a working life and his life spiralled into decline.

He added the accused was not in a position to pay compensation at the moment but hopes to travel abroad to get work.

Judge Michael Coghlan adjourned the case for a week, saying if €600 was paid to Focus Ireland by then he would strike out the matter and he did so last Wednesday when the Defence solicitor handed a bank draft for that amount into the court.