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Karl McDonnell admitted to criminal damage at the Brick Room in Balbriggan, Co Dublin.

Karl McDonnell admitted to criminal damage at the Brick Room in Balbriggan, Co Dublin.

Karl McDonnell admitted to criminal damage at the Brick Room in Balbriggan, Co Dublin.

A BARMAN who was asked to leave a restaurant drunkenly swung a plastic bag containing a glass bottle and smashed a window on his way out, a court has heard.

Karl McDonnell (34) started drinking heavily after the death of his father and the loss of his job due to the pandemic.

Judge Cephas Power adjourned sentencing for two weeks to allow McDonnell bring compensation to court.

McDonnell, of Millrace, Clonard Street, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, admitted to criminal damage at the Brick Room, Drogheda Street in Balbriggan on July 16, 2020.

Garda Sean McGill told Swords District Court that McDonnell smashed a window in the restaurant, causing €350 worth of damage.

Gda McGill said McDonnell was intoxicated and was verbally abusive to staff.

He said McDonnell had been asked to leave as the restaurant was closing. McDonnell initially refused but was later persuaded to do so.

As he left the restaurant, he swung a plastic bag containing a glass bottle which hit a window, cracking the glass.

Gda McGill said the restaurant owner tried to speak to McDonnell, who put his hand up to push past him.

The court was told his palm slipped and connected with the owner's face.

Defence lawyer Annette Kealy said he had apologised to the restaurant owner immediately after this incident.

Ms Kealy said McDonnell's father had died less than a year before the incident.

He had been his father's carer and his death affected him greatly, she said.

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McDonnell had been working in a bar but lost his job due to the pandemic. He also lost his home and was living in hostels, the lawyer added.

McDonnell had now been off drink for seven months, was attending online counselling and was doing much better, Ms Kealy told the court.

He had €150 compensation in court and was willing to pay the rest but would need some time, the court was told.

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