Waitress attacked by customer’s fiancee

A waitress was lucky to escape serious injury when she was attacked and punched in the face by a woman who believed she had “disrespected her man”, Bantry District Court was told yesterday.

Waitress attacked by customer’s fiancee

Waitress Lucie Kopecka (31) has not worked at the restaurant in West Cork since the attack, where the woman’s fiance blocked her exit as he urged his girlfriend to “finish her off”.

An ex-boxer and reputed British ‘hardman’ William Isaac, described by a judge as a bully boy, encouraged his fianceeSiobhan Ginty to violently punch Ms Kopecka while she was cornered in the smoking room in the Gateway Restaurant in Durrus on Apr 7 last.

The pair, with an address at Dromreagh, Durrus, had moved to West Cork in Oct last year from Britain. Isaac, however, was convicted and jailed in July in Croydon Crown Court for sending abusive texts to his fiancée’s ex-partner.

Isaac admitted he had previously been convicted of assaults in Britain along with a charge of possession of ammunition.

In the witness box, Isaac said he took full responsibility for the Durrus incident.

“When I went in there about 6.45pm, she plainly ignored me for about five minutes. It was the day of a memorial for my mother’s death. The place was empty. I was very angry.”

Supt Mick Fitzpatrick, prosecuting, said Isaac went home and then the waitress got an abusive phonecall from Ginty who warned: “You don’t disrespect my man.”

Ms Kopecka had explained to Ginty that food was not served during the day when Isaac wanted it. Ginty, however, told the waitress, “we’ll be down shortly to have a chat with you”.

Supt Fitzpatrick said both arrived in the restaurant and went to the smoking room. “Lucie said Siobhan was shouting ‘Do you know how much you disrespected my man, no one disrespects my man’.

“Billy said: ‘Show her Siobhan’ and she proceeded to punch the waitress full in the face three or four times, and then on the side of the head, causing her earring to fall off. She started to wrestle and kick her. Billy had the door of the smoking room blocked. Billy said to her ‘finish her off, do it properly this time’,” the superintendent said.

Isaac told the court yesterday: “I feel terrible for what happened”, while Ginty said she apologised and regretted it.

Judge McNulty sentenced Isaac to five months and Ginty was jailed for four months after pleading guilty to threatening and abusive behaviour along with common assault charges.

Solicitor Ray Hennessy urged the court to consider suspended sentences and take into consideration the pair had handed in €500 in compensation, in court, and Ginty had no previous curt appearances.

But Judge McNulty said he had considered nine months jail for Ginty but she was lucky Mr Hennessy had “negotiated” a lesser charge for her.

The judge said while Isaac had accepted moral responsibility, he directed operations and because of his physical presence in the doorway, there was no way the waitress could offer any resistance to the beating she got.

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