Tuesday 16 January 2018

Punter denies 'cheap shot' barman assault

The case against him was adjourned at Dublin District Court.
The case against him was adjourned at Dublin District Court.

A PENSIONER has been accused of breaking a bar manager's nose with a "cheap shot" punch when he was put out for falling asleep on a bar stool.

Eugene Toolis (69) was being escorted outside after staff refused to serve him any more alcohol on New Year's Day when he allegedly assaulted the man.

The case against him was adjourned at Dublin District Court.

Mr Toolis, with an address at Clanbrassil Street, is pleading not guilty to assaulting David Murray outside a pub in Rathmines Road on January 1 last year.

Mr Murray (34) told the court the defendant dozed off on a high stool and he was concerned he would fall off.

He shook him awake and he seemed "disorientated", looking for his pint.

"I said it was my opinion that he had had more than enough for one day and I asked could I order him a taxi."

Mr Murray said the accused refused the offer and demanded another drink.

The bar manager said he got him off the stool to stop him falling and "assisted him to the door" and down the step.

The accused fell out on to the road when he let go and Mr Murray said he "ushered him" back. He said the accused got up aggressively.

"He came towards me and I put out my hand," he said. "He took a cheap shot and punched me and broke my nose. He took me by surprise when he swung at me, I didn't see it coming.

"He said something to the effect that he ran a bar for years and we didn't know what we were doing and we were effing blackguarding him."

The court heard the accused would say Mr Murray "rugby tackled" him, forced him aggressively towards the door and pushed him on to the street where he lost balance.

He would say that when he got up, Mr Murray "came towards him and put out his arm". Mr Murray denied all this.

The defence's case will be heard on a later date.

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