'Shop online', judge tells man who hit Centra guard
A judge has told a shopper who punched a supermarket security guard in the face to try online shopping.
Colm Blake (29) lashed out at the guard after he was told he was not welcome in the Centra store, Dublin District Court heard.
On a previous visit to the shop, Blake had become angry and hit a member of staff, said the prosecution.
Judge Anthony Halpin fined the father-of-two €99 and said it might be better if he shopped online.
Blake, of Belclare Lawns, Ballymun, admitted assault.
The incident happened in Ballymun on December 23 last year.
Blake went to the store at 5.25pm and was told he was not welcome. There was an altercation and he became angry and punched the security guard, said Gda Keith Alford.
Gardai were called and Blake was arrested.
Judge Halpin asked if the victim had needed any medical treatment. Gda Alford said it was a strike to the face but there was no serious injury and the security guard did not seek treatment.
Blake, who had been restrained until gardai arrived at the store, "came off worse", said his lawyer.
The security guard was "well able to defend himself", he said.
Judge Halpin said: "The security guards in these stores are only implementing company policy.
"They reserve the right to refuse admission and don't have to give a reason for that."
Blake was embarrassed at being refused and "reacted" in the way he did, said his lawyer, adding: "He knows now that maybe a word is better than an action in those circumstances."
Judge Halpin asked if he still visited the store.
"He deals with his shopping in a different way," his lawyer replied.