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Judge in threat to shut down Krystle

A judge yesterday threatened to close down Krystle nightclub for having "blackguarded" a lady member of the travelling community.

District Court Judge John O'Neill said Sarah Stokes had acted very ladylike on the night of August 7 last, when the Harcourt Street club refused to admit her to a charity event for which she had bought a €30 ticket.

Barrister Kevin Healy, who appeared for Ms Stokes, said she and a dozen friends had attended the Krystle function for Brainwave, the Irish Epilepsy Association charity, and her hand had been stamped on arrival.

Later she had adjourned with two friends through a side door, but when she went to the main entrance for re-admission, which had been refused.



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Club doorman Paul Melia said he had stopped Ms Stokes because she was wearing very high heels and that she was too unstable to be allowed in.

Judge O'Neill said: "I am absolutely satisfied that because they did not like the look of Ms Stokes she was discriminated against and I am going to make a closure order against the club. The court may be persuaded to take a more lenient view if Ms Stokes were to be compensated.

Following further talks Mr Healy said compensation in the region of €5,000 and legal costs had been agreed. Judge O'Neill said he would rule on the matter when the settlement had been implemented.

hnews@independent.ie