Man reacted to being called ‘Boo’

A man who took exception to another man calling him ‘Boo’ in a chip shop queue punched him to the floor and later hit him with a stick.

David Butt, of 16 Thomas Davis St, Cobh, Co Cork, was fined €100 yesterday for engaging in threatening behaviour and sentenced to eight months suspended for producing a stick in the course of a dispute to intimidate or injure.

The other man never made a complaint of assault and Butt made amends afterwards. Judge Con O’Leary said Butt appeared to make those positive efforts out of his own actions rather than through the restorative justice scheme.

Inspector Mary King outlined the details of an assault captured on CCTV but said the injured party did not want to proceed with a complaint against Butt.

After 12am on February 14, 2014, the injured party went into Donatello’s in Blackpool, Cork.

“The injured party referred to him by his nickname ‘Boo’,” Insp King said. “Mr Butt took offence at this and punched the injured party and kicked him on the ground.

“The injured party got to his feet and defended himself by punching David Butt.

“Mr Butt left the premises but returned a short time later and struck the injured party with a plastic stick type object. The injured party again punched back in self-defence. Mr Butt left. The entire incident is captured on CCTV.”

Butt had 49 previous convictions.


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