Wednesday 25 April 2018

Dog-lover hit Lidl security guard who barred his pet from store

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Eimear Cotter

A DOG-lover punched a security guard in the mouth after he was told he could not bring his pet into a supermarket.

Bartlomiej Jochym (35) and the injured guard "tussled" and then fell through a glass partition, with both men suffering cuts and bleeding.

The victim said he is "still not right", cannot play sports and has been prescribed anti- inflammatory cream by his doctor .

Judge John Lindsay ordered Jochym to pay €2,000 compensation and adjourned sentencing.

The defendant, of Westbourne Court, Clondalkin, admitted before Tallaght District Court to seriously assaulting a security officer at Lidl, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, last May 2.

Gda David Morris said he was on patrol when he received a call that the panic alarm in Lidl had been set off.

Gda Morris said Jochym had punched a security guard in the mouth, and both men then fell through the partition.

Gda Morris said the security guard injured his mouth as well as his left hand and right shoulder when he fell.

He was taken to Tallaght Hospital where he had X-rays taken of his chest and shoulder. He also received the hepatitis B vaccine as both men were bleeding.

Defence lawyer George Burns said Jochym had his dog with him and was asked to leave the supermarket as animals were not allowed inside.

He "reacted badly", punched the security guard, there was a "tussle" and both fell through the glass.

Mr Burns said the defendant is a steel metal worker who has lived in Ireland for 10 years.

The court also heard that Jochym had been drinking.

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