Man ate stranger’s food and then attacked him in takeaway

October 18, 2021

A man who began eating a stranger’s food in a takeaway before punching him in the mouth has been ordered to pay his victim €5,000.

Christopher McClafferty approached the man at Pat’s Pizzas at Upper Main Street in Letterkenny.

He began eating the man’s food and the man told him to stop eating the food.

McClafferty, aged 26, then struck the victim in the neck and the mouth and told him “I will cut you from ear to ear.”

The accused, of Knocknamona Park, Letterkenny, appeared at Letterkenny District Court where he was charged with assault causing harm of Mr Hilly on May 1st, 2019.

The court was shown pictures of the victim’s injuries for which he had to receive extensive dental treatment costing €2,500.

McClafferty’s solicitor Mr Gordon Curley said he had a cheque from his client for €2,500 to compensate Mr Hilly.

Judge Raymond Finnegan read the victim impact statement and said there was a suggestion that a higher amount was needed with additional costs such as loss of work and travel.

Mr Curley said his client worked in Scotland but was prepared to meet a figure the Judge suggested.

Judge Finnegan said the offer should be doubled to €5,000 saying “This man is entitled to have his night out without being assaulted by a thug.’

The case was adjourned until January 24th to allow time for the accused to pay the balance.

However, Judge Finnegan warned “Your client is still very much in danger.”