Man jailed for ‘throt­tling’ woman in pool room row

Irish Examiner - - News - Noel Baker

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.

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