Woman allegedly assaulted Surry Hills restaurant owner after refusing to pay bill

Inside the El Bulli Spanish restaurant in Surry Hills Sandra Nikolic allegedly attacked the owner of El Bulli and police. Photo: Facebook
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El Bulli Spanish restaurant owner Adrian Paita was allegedly attacked by Sandra Nikolic. Photo: Nine Network

A woman allegedly scratched the neck, chest and arms of the owner of an up-market tapas restaurant after her friend refused to pay the $289 bill, and then assaulted the police officer who arrested her, a Sydney court has heard.

Sandra Nikolic was dining with seven friends at the El Bulli Spanish restaurant on Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, on Saturday night when she and another member of her party, Daniel McGinn, allegedly starting verbally abusing a waitress.

According to a police statement tendered in court, when the owner and manager of the restaurant, Adrian Paita, approached the pair and asked them not to swear at his staff members, Ms Nikolic allegedly replied “You get f—ed you f—ing c—.”

Mr McGinn allegedly said “We’re not welcome here, our money isn’t good enough – we should just leave without paying.”

Approximately one hour later, after the other members of their group had left, Ms Nikolic and Mr McGinn approached the register with the latter allegedly declaring “here’s $200, I want a receipt”.

When Mr McGinn allegedly refused to pay the remainder of the bill, Mr Paita allegedly told two other staff to “call the police” and “lock the door”.

When the owner stood between the pair of diners and the door, Ms Nikolic allegedly began ripping at his clothes and lashing out with her nails.

She allegedly scratched Mr Paita’s neck, arm, ear, chest, while Mr McGinn allegedly punched him repeatedly to the back and kidney area and kicked him in the knee.

When other restaurant staff intervened to assist Mr Paita by restraining the woman, Mr McGinn allegedly shouted, “This is sexual assault!” and attacked them.

When police arrived at the restaurant, Ms Nikolic allegedly resisted arrest and then kicked one of them as she was being assisted into a police van.

During a search, police allegedly found four tablets of the prescription drug diazepam.

Ms Nikolic was subsequently charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, resisting arrest and assaulting police.

Mr McGinn was charged with assault.

The pair were granted bail and ordered to return to court on November 14.

Ms Nikolic posted on Facebook that she was going to the restaurant to have her birthday there.

“To all my REAL FRIENDS on here i will be having a birthday party dinner thing if anyone is interested in coming let me know the plan is to go to the best restaurant ever for dinner el bulli spanish tapas and cocktails yum yum then maybe out for some dancing and much much more drinking its this saturday,” she said.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly referred to Mr Paita as Mr Taipa.

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