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Retired Omagh solicitor awarded thousands in damages

A WELL-KNOWN Omagh solicitor has been awarded 10,000 euro in damages after he was robbed while sleeping in a hotel prior to Tyrone’s losing All-Ireland Quarter Final clash against Mayo in 2016.

Pat Fahy, 75, from Creaghmore Road, Drumquin, told the Circuit Court in Dublin that it had taken him two years to recover from the trauma of the experience.

He sued BC McGettigan Ltd, trading as the North Star Hotel, for damages. Mr Fahy said that he had visited Dublin for the Tyrone-Mayo clash in Croke Park and was staying at the North Star Hotel in Amiens Street.

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The court was told by Mr Fahy that after dinner and two glasses of wine in the city on the Saturday night, he had retired to his sixth floor bedroom in the hotel.

“It was a very warm July evening so I left a patio door slightly ajar from my room onto a balcony at the rear of the hotel before going to sleep,” Mr Fahy said.

He added that when he awoke on the Sunday morning he found his trouser pockets had been rifled and his belongings strewn all around the room.

A mobile phone, his ticket to the match and around 150 euro in cash was missing. Mr Fahy said that he had been ‘very shook and got physically sick’ and was unable to contact any of his friends due to the loss of his phone.

He was given 120 euro by the hotel and when Gardai arrived they told him they would source a match ticket for him. Mr Fahy added that, while he had met some friends and felt somewhat better afterwards, he had become very upset in the weeks after the robbery.

The incident had kept going through his mind, including what might have happened to him if he had been awoken by the burglar in his room.

“I was glad I wasn’t aware of what was happening around me and I remained upset and annoyed for a considerable period of time afterwards,” he added.

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Judge Groarke said the court was satisfied that access had been gained to the bedroom via a shared balcony, and that Mr Fahy had been given no warning beforehand that this was a shared facility.

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