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Alcoholic architect guilty of attacking waitress

An architect pulled a waitress across a cafe counter and seized a knife after being asked to pay for a cup of tea, the High Court has heard.

Adrian Donnelly also made suggestive remarks during the incident in Cookstown, Co Tyrone. The 45-year-old, of Knocknagin Road, Magherafelt, later claimed to have no memory of what happened.

Prosecutors said he admitted offences of indecent assault and possession of an offensive weapon after details were outlined to him.

A Crown lawyer said the offences were committed in March at a cafe which cannot be named for legal reasons.

She told the court he ordered tea but grabbed the staff member when she asked for payment. It was claimed that he pulled her towards him and then lifted a knife from behind the counter. According to the prosecution, he waved the knife about in a slashing motion.

Following his arrest, Donnelly said he had been drinking before the incident and could not recall it. Seeking bail, his barrister said he had pleaded guilty to the two offences and was due to be sentenced.

She told the court he had been a successful architect "before alcohol sadly took a hold".

Donnelly was refused bail due to concerns he would not comply with any release conditions.

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