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Student hit worker in anger at food delay

AN engineering student out celebrating his exam results attacked and injured a takeaway worker because he was not being served a sandwich quickly enough, a court heard.

Kenneth Elliott (29) punched the victim in the mouth, leaving him with dental injuries in the alcohol-fuelled assault in a Dublin Subway outlet.

Dublin District Court heard he was "frustrated at the length of time it took to get food" and took this out on the shop worker.

Judge Denis McLoughlin adjourned the case for a Restorative Justice Programme report. He said he also wanted the victim's medical bills so far to be paid by Elliot.

Elliot, with an address at Mill House, Carbery, Co Meath, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Zarif Khan at Subway, Grafton Street on November 11, 2012. He also admitted a related charge of public intoxication.

Garda Wayne Carey told the court the incident happened at 3.45am. The defendant made threats and "entered into verbals" with staff working behind the counter. He then threw a punch, which damaged his teeth. A struggle ensued and the accused fled.

Gardai stopped and arrested him nearby. He was highly intoxicated but "caused no hassle" and was brought to Pearse Street Garda Station.

The accused had four previous convictions, but they were all for road traffic offences.


The court heard Mr Khan had paid €495 in medical and dental bills but he still needed further costly treatment which he could not afford.

However, the victim had also expressed to the garda that he did not want to see the accused jailed.

Elliot apologised for his actions, which he accepted were "absolutely out of order", his barrister Kevin White said.

Judge McLoughlin adjourned the case to February 3 for the Restorative Justice report, as well as the €495 to be paid, and an update on any further compensation that would be required.