Charity worker hit doorman with his belt
A CHARITY worker took off his belt and lashed a shopping centre doorman across the face with the buckle when he was refused entry for being drunk, a court heard.
Anthony Farrell (50) had been on his way to see his daughter on his birthday when he accepted an invitation to drink with old acquaintances and believed one of them spiked his drink. Judge Catherine Staines fined him €300 after he paid compensation to the victim, who was not injured.
Farrell, of Portland Street pleaded guilty to charges of common assault, breach of the peace and public drunkenness in the incident at Northside Shopping Centre, Coolock.
The prosecuting garda said he was on duty on June 16 when called to the scene.
Farrell had been on his way to see his daughter on his birthday and when he got off the bus, he bumped into people he had known years ago.
He stopped and had a drink with them, but only had a very small amount of alcohol. He believed the drink they gave him was spiked as he had very little recollection of what happened afterward, his lawyer said. The accused worked as a printer three days a week and was also working part time driving a van for the society of St Vincent De Paul.
Judge Staines imposed the fine on the assault charge and took the public order charges into consideration.