12 Aug 2022

Customer struck barman with bottle in Kilkenny City pub

A defendant who struck a barman with a glass bottle causing a laceration on the back of his head had his case adjourned.
Michael O'Reilly, 1 St Mary's Avenue, Hebron Road admitted assault causing harm at the World's End bar on John Street on March 12.
The court heard that on March 12, 2016 gardaí were called to the premises following a report that a member of staff had been assaulted and struck on the head with a glass bottle while standing behind the counter.
Prosecuting Sergeant Alma Molloy said that the defendant had become 'very aggressive when refused drink' and 'had hit the barman with the bottle'.
The injured party received medical attention and had a three centimetre laceration to his head which required five staples.
Solicitor Con McDonnell said that his client was a 21-year-old who claimed that the barman had used derogatory language.
“He took exception to it and he realises now that it was an over reaction. He has not come to garda attention for some time and is on the straight and narrow now,” he said.
Sergeant Molloy outlined that the defendant has five previous convictions, including convictions for being intoxicated in a public place to such an extent as to be a danger to himself and to others, engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour, failing to appear in court, assault causing harm and theft.
Judge Colin Daly adjourned the case to May 9 and ordered that a pre-sanction report be ordered including suitability for a community service report and sentence.

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