A Belfast hotel guest pulled the hair of a female staff member after being refused bar service

A hotel guest who pulled the hair of a female member of staff after being refused bar service must pay her £300 in compensation, a judge ordered today.

Patrick McEvoy has also been fined an additional £300 for three assaults at the Jurys Inn in Belfast city centre.

The 42-year-old, from Crossan Road in Mayobridge, Co Down, is ‘absolutely appalled’ by his behaviour, a defense lawyer has said.

Belfast Magistrates’ Court heard he became violent on December 9 last year after he was refused a drink at the hotel bar because of his level of intoxication.

Staff members asked McEvoy to return to his room or leave the property on Fisherwick Place.

Describing efforts to pull it off, a prosecution lawyer said: ‘He pulled a female staff member’s hair and grabbed her leg.

McEvoy admitted three counts of common assault.

His attorney, Gerard Trainor, told the court that his client’s actions were fueled by too much alcohol.

‘He has seen the CCTV and he is absolutely appalled by his behaviour,’ Mr Trainor said.

“He is particularly ashamed that the video shows him pulling, albeit briefly, a woman’s hair at the door.”

Ordering McEvoy to pay compensation for the haircut and imposing fines of £100 for each common assault, Assistant District Judge Liam McStay explained that his guilty plea and previous clear case had it” saved” from a heavier sentence.

Mr McStay added: ‘I hope he is indeed mortified by his behavior and his appearance in court to answer this case.’

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Kasandra J. Stone