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Woman wins €15,000 damages after 'vicious assault' by nightclub bouncer

28-year-old Elaine Bennett was attacked by bouncers outside Krystle nightclub in Dublin city centre on New Year’s Eve 2014.

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A 28-YEAR-OLD student, who will be scarred for life after having been attacked by a nightclub bouncer, has been awarded damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Elaine Bennett told her barrister Mark O’Connell that she had been celebrating New Year 2014 with friends when she and her friends decided to go to Krystle Nightclub, Harcourt Street, in Dublin’s south city centre.

She said her friends had gone inside while she stayed outside to smoke a cigarette. When she subsequently tried to enter the club, she was refused entry because, according to bouncers, she was “too drunk”. She had drunk seven glasses of wine that day.

Ms Bennett, who is from Cork, said she left the area but came back half an hour later as her friends were inside and she was alone on the street. She was refused entry a second time.

She told the court that when she asked again if she could be let in, a female bouncer suddenly attacked her, pulling her to the ground by her hair.

‘Punched and kicked’

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke heard that Bennett was punched and kicked on her body and face by the female bouncer before another security guard separated them.

She told O’Connell she had been helped up by people on the street before gardaí had arrived at the scene. She had gone to her GP a few days later, complaining of bruising on her face and body. Her wounds had left a permanent scar under her right eye.

Bennett, of Glenary, Glencoo Park in Cork, sued Triglen Holdings Ltd which trades as Krystle Nightclub, and P&B Security Services Ltd (now in liquidation), with a registered address at Newhall, Naas, Co Kildare.

The defendants had denied liability and claimed that Ms Bennett had been extremely and racially abusive towards the security staff, and had pushed female bouncer Dawn Cleary down the entrance stairs, calling her a bitch and a Polish lesbian. She had called another bouncer a “Polish bastard”.

Judge Groarke said that although it was his view that the bouncers had an obligation to refuse Ms Bennett entry because she was intoxicated, he was satisfied she had been viciously assaulted.

He said he could not believe a word bouncer Dawn Cleary had said in the witness box. She had also refused to co-operate with gardaí who investigated the incident and in his view she should not be licensed to work in security.

The judge awarded Ms Bennett €15,000 damages and adjourned the case to a date this month to determine which of the two defendants was liable to pay the award.

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