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Thursday 14 December 2017

Mum bashed bouncer with handbag after he barred her

A MOTHER-of-three struck a bouncer with her handbag while her partner was pepper-sprayed by gardai in a melee that started because they had been refused entry to a pub.

Lorraine Fay (41) and Thomas McCabe (46) were among a group of friends who were stopped at the door of a city centre pub.

An officer had to use incapacitating spray on McCabe to subdue him in the ensuing confrontation, after he grabbed a doorman's ID badge off him and refused to give his name. Fay hit a bouncer with her handbag and interfered in McCabe's arrest.

McCabe, a haulier of North William Street, North Strand, had pleaded guilty to breach of the peace, but denied charges of obstruction and refusing to give a garda his name. Fay, of Macroom Road, Coolock, admitted common assault, but denied obstructing a garda.

Judge Catherine Murphy found them both guilty of all these charges. A charge of breach of the peace against Fay was dismissed. The case against a third co-accused woman was also dismissed.

Dublin District Court heard the defendants were in a group that tried to get into the Mercantile Bar at Dame Lane at 1am on May 2.

They came across to the bar from the Dame Tavern and the doorman refused entry because he thought they had had too much to drink.



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McCabe became verbally abusive, calling the staff names and pulling his ID badge off a chain that was on his neck. He also "swiped at" the doorman but did not hit him.

The melee continued after gardai arrived.

Fay had no previous convictions and carried out voluntary work at a primary school. Judge Murphy said she would strike out the charges if she made a €250 donation to charity.

McCabe had six previous convictions, but most dated back to the 90s and 80s. He was fined €750.

aphelan@herald.ie

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