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Thursday 19 October 2017

Bouncer sent to jail for knee attack at pub

A BOUNCER who twice kneed a pubgoer in the chest and face as he and another bouncer struggled to restrain him on the ground has been sentenced to five months in prison.

Gavin Donegan (33) claimed he was simply doing his job and used a common technique to restrain the victim, who had "an awful lot to drink" and was extremely aggressive towards pub staff.

The victim, Thomas Jessom, claimed the part-time bouncer "dropped the knee" on his face on two occasions. He also claimed he was left with a cut to his face and injuries to his teeth following the assault.

Judge Patrick Brady described the assault as "gratuitous and indefensible".

The defendant, of Ardara Avenue in Donaghmede, had strongly denied the assault, which took place at the front door to Wright's Pub, Malahide Road, Swords, around 2.30am on July 27 last year.

In his evidence, Donegan said he put Mr Jessom's head to one side and he held him down with his knee to the neck and chest area -- a technique he had been trained to use.

In cross examination by State solicitor, Ann Collins, Donegan denied he "over-stepped the mark" and kneed the victim in the face.

Judge Brady said the victim evidence of the assault was clear. He fined father-of-two Donegan €750, ordered him to pay €3,500 compensation to the victim and sentenced him to five months in prison.

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