Dragon Rendezvous diner who did runner is ordered to pay up
A barman fled a Chinese restaurant after running up a £100 food and drink bill in a "drunken, foolish escapade", a court heard.
Michael McMenemy was fined £150, ordered to settle the debt in full and warned he faces a fortnight in jail if he doesn't pay up.
Belfast Magistrates Court was told the 30-year-old had been dining in the city's Dragon Rendezvous on Donegall Pass with another man on January 8.
Both then sprinted from the premises, but staff who gave chase caught McMenemy.
The defendant, with an address at Castlereagh Place, Belfast, then revealed he had no money to pay for the £100 of food and drink.
At one stage the case against him was to have been dealt with through financial restitution to the restaurant. But when that failed to happen, McMenemy yesterday pleaded guilty to a charge of making off without paying.
District Judge Peter King imposed a £150 fine and ordered McMenemy to pay the £100 restaurant bill in full. The judge warned him: "There will be 20 weeks to pay that and 14 days in prison if you are in default."