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Builder groped woman queueing in chip shop

A TERRIFIED customer in a city takeaway was attacked as she queued for food by a man who grabbed her neck, groped her and tried to kiss her.

Out-of-work builder Jacek Filowiat (31) pounced on the victim after she had ordered food and waited at the counter of the Phibsboro chipper. He was found lying on the ground outside when gardai arrived and hurled abuse at them when they questioned him.

Filowiat, of Premier Square, Finglas, was sentenced to four months in prison after Judge John Coughlan convicted him of common assault and using threatening, abusive and insulting words and behaviour.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at the Golden Chip on the Phibsboro Road on February 17 this year.

The victim, who became upset several times while giving her evidence, said she went in to get food and had placed her order when she noticed the accused who came in with another man. One of the two went out, then came back in again and began talking to his friend. "I looked down to the ground because I didn't want to make eye contact," she said.

"Next thing, he just grabbed me by the throat, he was saying something to me, he was trying to kiss me around my face and had his hand on my left breast."

Her hands were in her pockets so all she could do was tell him to leave her alone.

The defendant, who was not present in court for the hearing, had previous convictions for public order offences. His solicitor said he knew "very little about" Filowiat, who had returned to Poland because there was very little work here.