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dine and dash Diner who threw pint glass at staff after not paying his bill​​​​​​ jailed

Thomas O'Donnell (31) also fled without paying for petrol and stole thousands of euro worth of alcohol.

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The picture for Tom O'Donnell is available at the link below. It was taken by Andrew at the CCJ.

The picture for Tom O'Donnell is available at the link below. It was taken by Andrew at the CCJ.

The picture for Tom O'Donnell is available at the link below. It was taken by Andrew at the CCJ.

A DINER threw a pint glass at restaurant staff after he and his friends enjoyed a slap-up meal and ran off without paying, a court heard.

Thomas O'Donnell (31) also fled without paying for petrol and stole thousands of euro worth of alcohol.

Judge David McHugh jailed him for 22 months, saying his "extended thuggery" was the "worst I've ever seen in 14 years" as a judge.

The defendant admitted numerous counts of theft when he appeared before Blanchardstown District Court.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan said O'Donnell was one of a group of men who had a meal costing €403 at Wasabi Bar & Grill, Dublin 1, last July 31.

The left without paying and staff followed them on to Dorset Street.

O'Donnell became abusive and threatening and threw a pint glass at them in an effort to get away.

Sgt Callaghan said a delivery driver helped stop O'Donnell before gardaí arrived.

The defendant stole alcohol worth €760 from Tesco in Sandymount last January 7. In that incident he pushed a shopping trolley through an emergency door.

He also stole alcohol worth €1,143 from Tesco in Arklow, Co Wicklow, last January 5; clothing valued at €600 from Lifestyle Sports, Cavan, last January 15; and alcohol worth €668 from Tesco in Edenderry, Co Offaly, last January 22.

O'Donnell further admitted six counts of driving without insurance on dates between March 2019 and last August. Judge McHugh imposed a 20-year ban.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said O'Donnell, of Abbotstown Avenue and St Mary's Halting Site, Finglas, was married with five children.

His main difficulties were with alcohol and drug misuse, and at the time of these offences he was "out of control".

Recognisances were set in the event of an appeal.

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