Staff locked themselves in room after man went berserk in golf club

April 13, 2018

Staff at a Co Donegal golf club were so afraid of a drunken man that they locked themselves in a room and refused to come out.

Mark McGettigan appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with the incident at Portsalon Golf Club on January 31st last.

The court heard how McGettigan arrived at the club after being drinking all day in Derry.

He began to intimidate staff around 7.30pm and a staff member was so frightened that she locked herself into a room and refused to come out.

Gardai were called and McGettigan’s mother and sister also arrived and they eventually calmed him down.

The 31-year-old was arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda station.

The court was told that McGettigan, of Sea Breeze, Kerrykeel, was trying to sort out his life and worked in the family business but was also building another career as a website developer.

Solicitor Kieran Dillon said this was a very unfortunate incident fuelled by drink but that his client was otherwise a hard-working young man.

Judge Paul Kelly fined McGettigan a total of €250.

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