A CARPENTER jokingly pinched the bum of a woman in a McDonald's queue -- then kicked her in the stomach after she slapped him in the face and warned him not to touch her.
Padraig Murphy (25) thought he knew the woman, but it was a case of mistaken identity.
Judge Catherine Murphy sentenced Murphy to six months in prison but suspended it for 18 months. The judge also ordered him to complete 240 hours community service in lieu of six months in prison.
The defendant, of Lindisfarne Green in Clondalkin, admitted before Dublin District Court to assault and criminal damage.
The incident took place in McDonald's in Clondalkin on August 20 last year.
Garda Ciaran O'Neill said the victim was queuing for food with her five-year-old daughter when her bottom was squeezed.
Garda O'Neill said the woman turned around and slapped Murphy on the face and warned him not to touch her.
The court heard Murphy started shouting insults at the woman, kicked her in the stomach, then slapped her in the face, knocking off her glasses.
Garda O'Neill said the victim started screaming that she couldn't see and her child was crying. The garda said Murphy stamped on the glasses, breaking them.
The court heard the victim did not know the defendant, and he mistook her for someone else.
Defence solicitor Lorraine Stephens said Murphy was a qualified carpenter and father of two. He has battled addictions to drink and cocaine, and was drunk at the time.
Ms Stephens said Murphy was no longer abusing drink or drugs, was in a new relationship and his new girlfriend had been a calming influence on him.
Judge Murphy said there was no excuse for the behaviour.
Ms Stephens said the victim had reacted in a way many women would have done, by slapping Murphy, and the incident escalated from there.
She said Murphy completely over-reacted and was ashamed he had assaulted a woman. He had €230 in court as compensation for the broken glasses.
Judge Murphy sentenced the defendant to six months in prison but suspended it for 18 months.
The judge also ordered him to complete 240 hours community service in lieu of a further six months.