Restaurant owner faces trial over glass attack
A BUSINESSMAN alleged to have glassed a bar manager in the face during a disagreement has been sent for trial.
Paul Byrne (47), of award-winning food store and restaurant Fallon & Byrne on Exchequer Street, Dublin, is said to have left the man permanently disfigured after the attack on March 5 last year.
He has yet to indicate how he will plead to an assault causing harm charge, but it is claimed that he attacked the barman as he attempted to remove a man who had been barred from the property, but whom Mr Byrne was there with.
Dublin District Court was told that the victim suffered a hernia on the side of his face following the alleged attack at the Leeson Lounge on Leeson Street.
His face is also scarred, parts of it are numb and it hurts whenever he moves his jaw.
Judge Michael Walsh had heard that the DPP had directed summary disposal of the case, meaning that it could be heard at district court.
But after being furnished with a medical report and hearing an outline of the evidence, he refused jurisdiction and sent it for trial at circuit court, where there are potentially tougher punishments.
Mr Byrne, from Mount Pleasant Square, Ranelagh, was remanded on continuing bail and ordered to appear again in six weeks when he is to be served with a book of evidence.