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Pizza delivery staff 'afraid to leave shop'

A CUSTOMER left pizza delivery staff afraid to leave a takeaway after he started punching his fists and threatening them, a court heard.

Gary Murphy (29) threatened to drag delivery staff out of the takeaway in Dundrum and fight them.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell convicted and fined Murphy €850.

The defendant, of Rosemount Park, Dundrum, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour at Domino's Pizza, Dundrum Road, Dublin 14, last June 13.

Gda Aoife Duggan said Murphy had been refused service at Domino's Pizza because he had previously been barred.


She said Murphy was threatening towards staff, waved his fists at them and punched his fist into his hand.

He also threatened to drag staff outside and fight them.

Gda Duggan said delivery staff were afraid to leave.

Murphy also admitted to possession of a baton at Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, last November 30.

In that incident, he told gardai he had the baton - which a friend brought him home from Tenerife - in case "anyone started on him".

Defence lawyer Rory Staines said Murphy, a father of one, has battled an alcohol problem for many years.

Mr Staines said he knows drink is "destroying his life" and he is awaiting a bed in a treatment centre.

He told the court that Murphy was sorry for his behaviour and doesn't remember much about it.