A 39-year-old man who spat through the opening of a Perspex shield at a Circle K employee after being told the off-licence area was closed due to Covid, was last week given the opportunity to pay compensation to the victim in order to avoid a conviction.
Milos Jurko with an address at Langfield, Dublin Road, Dundalk was prosecuted for assault and using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour arising out of the incident on September 4th 2020.
The court heard last Wednesday that a man and a woman had entered the Niall Clarke Oils Circle K on the Dublin Road, Dundalk around 10pm.
The defendant entered the off-licence which was closed due to Covid-19.
After being challenged he spat at a male member of staff under the Perspex shield with his spit landing on the man's arm and told him to ‘Go f*** yourself’.
The defence solicitor said his client who is originally from Slovakia has been in Ireland 15 years.
He added he drinks alcohol twice a year and, on this occasion, had been drinking with his partner.
He explained that a different member of staff had been dealing with them when the complainant “interjected and took a harsher tone”.
The solicitor said it was fully accepted his client’s behaviour was totally inappropriate and he had written a letter of apology.
He added the defendant’s career as a barber had ended after he sustained significant injuries in a motorbike accident and he now has a part time job in a health food store.
Judge Eirinn McKiernan adjourned the case to March 16th for payment of €500 compensation saying if it’s paid she would strike out the matter, and if not she would record a conviction.
The judge added: “People who are working should not have to put up with that carry on”.
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