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Friday 15 December 2017

Restaurant boss hit in tracksuits ban at bar

A CUSTOMER punched a restaurant manager in the face after he was refused service for wearing a tracksuit.

Michael Smullen (54) said that all he wanted to do was order a cup of tea for his partner who was feeling unwell and sitting outside the pub.

He lost his temper when he tried to complain to the manager, and when he asked the manager's name he was told it was "Mickey Mouse".

Smullen said he took great pride in his appearance, but he had been shopping in Dublin city centre and was only wearing a tracksuit.



Assaulting

The defendant, of Greenfort Crescent in Clondalkin, admitted before Dublin District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour and assaulting a restaurant manager.

The incident took place at a restaurant on Dublin's Lord Edward Street on July 30 last.

Garda Barry Keegan said Smullen went into the restaurant and tried to order food but was refused service as he was not wearing the appropriate attire.

Garda Keegan said the defendant became aggressive, and demanded to speak to the bar manager.

He then stuck out a leg and attempted to trip the manager, who was carrying plates of food at the time.

The court heard that staff restrained Smullen, and during the scuffle he hit out and punched the manager on the lip. He received only a slight cut.

Garda Keegan said Smullen initially asked to speak to the manager when he was refused service. He asked staff for the manager's name but was given a false name, and this did not help the situation.

Defence solicitor Stephen O'Mahony said Smullen realised the restaurant had the right to refuse to serve him, but he was concerned for his partner, and lost his temper.

The judge sentenced him to two months in prison suspended for one year.

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