No penalty for ODP for December assault on boss

Last Thursday, the Boston Licensing Board ruled that American Legion Old Dorchester Post 65 at Adams Corner could not have saved a man from being punched and knocked unconscious on December 27, leaving him so close to death that police have called the homicide unit. In case.

The panel voted not to hold the bar responsible, saying the attack was “unpredictable”.

According to police and the bartender on duty at the time, the incident began around closing time that evening. During a hearing last week, the bartender said he told two men they had had enough and it was time for them to leave. They agreed, but one of them asked if he could use the toilet first, she said.

On the way, however, according to police, 24-year-old Ryan McEleney-Lynch of Quincy punched the victim hard enough to knock him unconscious. However, it was unclear whether the man suffered life-threatening injuries from the punch or hit his head on something before collapsing to the ground. Yet, by the time the police arrived, he was in poor condition.

The man has, so far, survived, so McEleney-Lynch faces charges of aggravated assault and battery at this point. The bartender said the victim and a friend of his had only been at the station for about 30 minutes. By contrast, McEleney-Lynch had been there for “a few hours,” spilling beers but causing no trouble, she said.

She added that she did not know the victim but recognized McEleney-Lynch because he had been there before. He had had occasional verbal scuffles, but nothing serious, she said.

A Boston man was killed early Sunday morning when his arm got caught in the door of a Red Line subway car as it pulled away from Broadway station. Authorities identified the man on Monday as Robinson Lalin, 39.

The District Attorney’s Office, MBTA Police and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Foul play is not suspected, according to Jim Borghesani, spokesman for the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

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