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, had the case struck out at Dundalk district court last week after paying €500 compensation.
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.
In January, the court heard that a man and a woman had entered the Niall Clarke Oils Circle K on the Dublin Road, Dundalk around 10pm.
The defendant attempted to enter the off-licence but became abusive when he was informed it was closed due to Covid and he spat at a male member of staff under the Perspex shield with the 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 for 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 to the victim.
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 who said “people who are working should not have to put up with that carry on” had adjourned the case for payment of compensation, saying if it’s paid she would strike out the matter, and if not she would record a conviction.
When the case was called last Wednesday, it was confirmed the €500 was in court.
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