Man fined over assault on girlfriend

Woman assaulted in hotel room during row over meal bill, court hears

A Clare man who assaulted his girlfriend during a row over who was paying for a meal was fined €800 at Galway District Court yesterday.

The court heard that a “heated” row took place in a city hotel room when the couple could not agree over who would fork out for meal. Hotel security had to be called to intervene after Brendan Keogh assaulted his then girlfriend.

The 29-year-old, with an address at Benoran, Lissycassy, Clare, appeared before Judge Mary Fahy yesterday and pleaded guilty to assaulting on August 30, 2008, at the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit.

Inspector Ernie White told the court that the row had developed in the hotel room during the night and that Keogh would not allow his girlfriend to leave. Keogh then pushed the woman against the wall and security had to be called. He added that the injured party had not received any injuries during the dispute.

The defendant’s solicitor explained that his client had been going out with the injured party for six months by the time the incident had occurred and that they had been in Galway to attend a 30th birthday. The drunk couple had started rowing as both had wanted to pay for a meal they had earlier.

When questioned about the relationship Keogh, who works as a driver, said that he was no longer in contact with her.

Inspector White then said that the defendant had been convicted in 2004 for assault and had received the Probation Act.

“He obviously has a propensity to losing his temper,” noted Judge Fahy, before adding that the defendant may have certain “issues” with alcohol that need to be addressed. Keogh was convicted and fined €800 with two months to pay.

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