Businessman punched man in pub who'd insulted his singing
A BUSINESSMAN lost his temper and punched another man at his local pub after the man insulted his singing.
Brian Morrissey (47) walked up to Alan Lathan, who was watching a boxing match in a pub, and punched him in the back of the ear.
Mr Lathan was left with a small cut to the ear but did not seek medical attention.
Judge Gerry Jones told Morrissey he was a "lucky man, as one punch can have fatal consequences" after the court heard the injured party had made a full recovery.
Judge Jones ordered Morrissey to pay €500 compensation and said he would strike out the charge.
The defendant, of Beverton Crescent, Donabate, pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Lathan in Smyth's pub, Donabate, on September 22 last year.
Swords District Court heard Mr Lathan went into the pub at around 11.30pm on his way home from work.
Morrissey was sitting in the corner of the pub and after 15 minutes he got up and approached Mr Lathan before hitting him in the back of the ear.
The defendant had to be held back by friends, the court heard.
The men knew each other and there had been a separate incident six weeks prior to the altercation, when Mr Lathan had insulted the defendant after he sang a song.
Defence barrister Patrick Jackson said Morrissey, the owner of a small business employing five people, was a regular in the pub and there had been no other issues, either before or since.
"It was a moment he lost his temper and he is here today because of that," said Mr Jackson.
Morrissey does not socialise at all now in his home village.