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Monday 24 September 2018

Drunken couple hit and abused worker on theatre night out

Martin and Frances Lesley paid victim €800 compensation
Martin and Frances Lesley paid victim €800 compensation

A couple who were drunk on a night out at a theatre and who assaulted a member of staff have each been handed a five-month suspended sentence.

Martin Lesley (50) and Frances Lesley (39) were in the TLT in Drogheda when they became aggressive and caused a disturbance after they were refused alcohol.

They began shouting at staff members, and the artist performing on the night did not want them to return to the theatre after the interval, Drogheda District Court heard.

TLT staff member Cian Cooney said that after the couple were refused any more alcohol they were given water.

"Martin started shouting rude stuff to the bar manager and staff and by the end of the interval the manager did not want them returning to the show," Mr Cooney said.

He said Frances Lesley tried to help her partner out of the venue, but while they were downstairs near the front door, Mr Lesley "touched me in a place where he shouldn't have".

"I told him not to touch me there again," he said.

Ravaged

It was claimed Frances Lesley hit Mr Cooney on the nose.

The couple, with an address at Loughboy, Mell, Drogheda, pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Cooney, being intoxicated and using threatening and abusive behaviour at the TLT in Drogheda last January 28.

Defence solicitor Dermot Monahan said "alcohol had ravaged the couple".

"He's a pest in his own home and is on social welfare," said Mr Monahan.

He said the couple had brought €800 as compensation for Mr Cooney.

Handing down the suspended sentence, Judge John Coughlan also fined the pair €100 each.

"I am impressed you handed over €800," the judge told the couple.

"I am being blunt. You both come before me again and you will be looking out of Mountjoy and The Dochas Centre for a very long time."

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