A 50-year-old publican who admitted assaulting a barmaid in his own premises has had the charge dismissed under the Probation of Offenders Act after paying e2,000 to the victim.
Patrick Belton, Magoney, Inniskeen had been told at earlier hearings at Dundalk Court that two offers of compensation – one of e500 and another of e1,500 – were not adequate.
The court had heard that the injured party was working at Pa’s Bar, Bridge Street on April 2 last year where her employer was drinking with friends, as a customer.
The accused had become difficult to deal with having consumed a lot of alcohol and became abusive to the woman who went to leave .
However,the defendant went to follow her and verbally abused her.
The woman had lost her footing as he pushed her and fell to the ground cutting her finger on a bottle opener.
The court was told that defendant continued to push the victim outside the premises.
The case had been put back for a victim impact report to be prepared.
The court was told that defendant had grossly overreacted and numerous texts had been sent by him on the night by way of apology.
The woman had told the court she had been left with a scar and had to attend physiotherapy for her back.
She claimed she had been constantly harassed by people on behalf of her former employer.
Last Wednesday his solicitor said that e2,000 compensation had been paid over to the victim.
He also gave an undertaking that defendant would not contact the woman again.
Dismissing the charge, Judge Brennan said, “That is the only time I will do that.
“Make sure there is no repetition.”