Glass thrown at bar worker and shop owner at­tacked

Irish Examiner - - News - Liam Heylin

A row over a bet on a game of pool in a pub re­sulted in one man fin­ish­ing his pint and throw­ing the glass at a bar worker and miss­ing her but caus­ing €1,200 dam­age to a TV screen.

In­spec­tor John Deasy said the man then went to a nearby Cen­tra, where he got into another row and as­saulted the owner and a mem­ber of staff.

Judge Olann Kelleher said this vi­cious at­tack in the shop was one of the worst he had seen in re­cent years at Cork District Court.

Wil­liam Con­don, of Youghal and no fixed ad­dress, was de­scribed by his so­lic­i­tor Pat Ho­ran as hav­ing a bad anger­man­age­ment prob­lem.

When Judge K el le her im­posed a to­tal jail term of 19 months (24 months is the max­i­mum limit of the court) on Con­don, the 24-year-old said, “fuck­ing prick”, as he was taken into cus­tody.

The owner of The Gal­lows Bar, Cork, Noel Cremin, said €1,200 dam­age was caused to a 65in TV screen when Con­don threw the glass.

He said a fe­male mem­ber of staff was in the bar and two men were served al­co­holic bev­er­ages and ev­ery­thing was fine for 20 min­utes “but, for what­ever rea­son, he struck another pa­tron in the bar”.

Mr Ho­ran, so­lic­i­tor, said Con don was not charged with that. The judge said he was en­ti­tled to heart he back­ground and he added of Mr Cremin: “He is a ci­ti­zen of the city. His premises was bro­ken up. Be re­spect­ful to him.”

Mr Cremin said :“He[ Con don] fin­ished his pint of lager. He flung the pint glass at her [the bar wo­man]. He missed her and struck the TV set.”

The owner of Cen­tra, Den­roche’s Cross, De­nis Whel­ton, said the de­fen­dant came to his shop with another man that even­ing, Au­gust 30, 2017.

He said that what hap­pened was the most se­ri­ous in­ci­dent in 15 years of run­ning the fam­ily busi­ness.

Shams Rah­man Par­cha was work­ing be­hind the counter when Con­don and his ac­com­plice got so dif­fi­cult he had to call for the as­sis­tance of his em­ployer

Mr Whel­ton said: “I strove to pro­tect my­self and the mem­ber of staff. I was head­but­ted. I was punched three times in the head. He spat in my face… It has made me ner­vous.”

Judge Kelleher de­scribed counts of as­sault caus­ing harm to Mr W he lt on and Shams Rah­man Par­cha as ter­ri­bly vi­cious.

“It was quite a ter­ri­fy­ing at­tack, as vi­cious as I have seen at Cork District Court in the last few years,” he said.

Im­pos­ing eight months for a theft and 11 months con­sec­u­tive for the as­saults, the judge de­scribed the case as ex­cep­tional and one that did not merit the sen­tences be­ing made con­cur­rent.

Judge Kelleher sen­tenced Con don be­fore lunch and asked that he be brought back af­ter lunch in re­la­tion to his out­burst af­ter sen­tenc­ing. Con­don apol­o­gised.

Wil­liam Con­don: Sen­tenced to to­tal jail term of 19 months.

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