Assault man claimed his drink was spiked

A YOUNG man who believed his drink was spiked has been given a probation order and community service for assaulting a member of staff at a 24 hour shop in Enniskillen.
Niall Johnston (23) of Windmill Heights, Enniskillen appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday charged with disorderly behaviour and common assault.
Around 2am on August 27th 2018, police were called to the Lakeside Service Station in Enniskillen to a report of a man causing a disturbance.
Johnston had entered the shop, sat on the freezer, picked up crisps and threw them around the shop and at a staff member, before lifting and throwing flowers.
He became aggressive with staff, and other males who were in the shop helped remove him and he also became aggressive with them.
Defence solicitor Michelle McVeigh said Johnston had consumed alcohol but believed his drink had been spiked as he has no recollection of the event, and was extremely embarrassed about what happened.
Ms McVeigh added Johnston had already spoken to the victim apologising for his actions.
District Judge Michael Ranaghan said that this was an assault on a person at work, but acknowledged that Johnston had apologised to the victim and gave him credit for his guilty plea.
Judge Ranaghan sentenced Johnston to an 18 month probation order, 80 hours community service, fined him £100, and he also ordered him to pay £100 compensation to the victim of the attack.

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