February 25, 2014

A man who hit a barmaid with a barstool at a Letterkenny pub has been ordered to pay €500 to Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence unit.

Declan McKenna threw stool at barmaid.

Declan McKenna threw stool at barmaid.

Declan McKenna admitted carrying out the offense at the Wolfe Tone Bar at Lower Main Street on February 9th last.

McKenna, who is in his 40s and from Augher in Co Tyrone, represented himself when he appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday.

The accused, who is a farmer and a painter, told the court that there was “too much alcohol on the scene” while he was out on a friend’s stag party in the town.

The court heard that the barmaid was hit with the stool but was not hurt.

Judge Paul Kelly said he did not think that McKenna was taking the incident seriously.

“A lot of people have lot of alcohol but don’t throw barstools at female bar staff. These are serious charges but I don’t think you are taking them very seriously,” said the Judge.

He fined McKenna the €500 he had put up as bail after he was arrested and ordered it to be given to the women’s charity.

And he warned McKenna “You are lucky the bar lady wasn’t hurt. Be careful the next time you are in Letterkenny.”