ARMAGH MAN WHO BIT DOORMAN’S FINGER GETS BENEFIT OF PROBATION ACT

5 August 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A YOUNG Armagh man who bit a pub doorman’s finger, during an incident that occurred in Monaghan town after he was refused admission to the premises, had the charges against him dismissed under the Probation Act at Monaghan District Court last week.

Judge Denis McLoughlin made his ruling upon having it confirmed that the 22-year-old had paid compensation and stayed out of trouble in the meantime.
Paul Tennyson of 30 Tortaghan Road, Craigavon, Co Armagh pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to assaulting Ciaran McCleary, a security man at ‘The Squealing Pig’ premises, at the Diamond, Monaghan on 1st March 2015.

Mr Tennyson also accepted that he engaged in threatening and abusive behaviour and that he was drunk in public on the occasion.
Shane Kennedy, solr, reminded the court that the case had been adjourned last November to give his client an opportunity to be of good behaviour. In this regard, he had not come to Garda attention in the meantime.

At the November hearing, Judge McLoughlin had been told how Tennyson, a young apprentice plumber, had bitten Mr McCleary on the finger after being refused entrance to The Sqealing Pig. He had been very abusive and verbally aggressive to all concerned on the occasion, including gardai who were called.

The injured party had required a tetanus shot as a result of the injury to his right index finger, the court had been told.

Upon having it confirmed that €900 had already been paid by the defendant in compensation to Mr McCleary, Judge McLoughlin confirmed at last week’s hearing that he was dismissing the matter under the Probation of Offenders Act.
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