Man punched manager after getting sacked

After he was sacked from a fast food restaurant in Lurgan a 30-year-old man punched the manager and then went outside and kicked his car.

Cesar Soares, Monbrief Walk, Craigavon, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and unlawful damage to a vehicle on March 31 when he appeared last Friday at the local court.

He was given 180 hours community service and ordered to pay £200 compensation towards the damage he caused to the car.

The court heard that police received a report of an assault at a fast food restaurant in William Street.

There had been a verbal altercation and the manager told Soares he was terminating his employment.

The defendant began shouting and swearing and then punched him. Soares left the premises, went to the car park and kicked the manager’s car causing damage amounting to £885.55.

The case had been adjourned from a previous court so that a pre-sentence report could be obtained.

A barrister for the defendant said he had worked in the restaurant for about a year. He found himself under pressure and the relationship soured between him and the manager.

He added that on being challenged Soares finally snapped and after punching the manager stormed out and kicked his car.

He lost his temper completely on this occasion, added the barrister.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said he did not normally consider community service appropriate for this sort of case but it had certain features.