Man jailed for ‘throttling’ woman in pool room row
A man has been given a 30-day jail term for “throttling” a woman in a row in the pool room of a bar.
Bandon District Court heard that Martin Payne, aged 66, of 86 North Main St in Bandon, had gone drinking in the Crawford Bar, Bandon, with his former partner when the incident occurred.
His solicitor, Eamonn Fleming, said the issue in the bar was in relation to the use of a crutch and the woman who was assaulted and made the subsequent complaint to gardaí “might have brushed off Mr Payne with the crutch”. It was al- leged that she also called him a name.
“He did put his hands around her neck,” said Mr Fleming.
The court also heard that a doctor’s report indicated soft tissue damage to the woman’s neck.
“He reacted very badly to the situation that arose on the day in question,” Mr Fleming added.
Judge James McNulty accepted a guilty plea but referred to how Payne had “throttled” the woman and said Payne was now aged 65 and his offending was escalating, having begun 14 years ago with a charge of drunkenness in a public place.