A SETTLEMENT has been reached in a doorman's legal action against one of Ireland's biggest nightclub's over stabbing injuries he received when a 15-strong gang - allegedly involved in the drug trade - tried to force its way into the premises.
Srdan Suton (34), originally from Croatia and now living in Sutton, Co Dublin, claimed the "Wright Venue" in Swords, Dublin, and the security firm which employed him, failed to have proper safety procedures and systems in place to protect him from the incident in which he wasstabbed twice in the lower back on July 31, 2010.
The case was settled at the High Court yesterday without admission of liability.
The alleged failures by management included that Mr Suton was not properly briefed about another incident at the club three weeks earlier when a gang involved in drugs in Coolock assaulted another doorman, the court heard.
When a 15-man "mob" returned returned on July 31,"it was known there was a score to be settled", the court also heard. During a confrontation, Mr Suton was stabbed by one of the gang.
Wrights, is a multi-floor dance club with a capacity for 2,500, making it one of the biggest in Ireland.
Mr Suton sued Wrights trading as Wrights Cafe Bar Airside Ltd, Swords, Dublin, and his employers, Renaissance Security Services Ltd, Fairview, Dublin.
The defendants denied his claims and argued he was guilty of contributory negligence.
Following talks, Mr Justice Michael Moriarty was told by Luán O Braonáin SC, for the defendants, the matter had settled.
Counsel said the settlement was without admission of liability and the defendants were "happy to accept the Mr Suton did nothing wrong."
The judge congratulated the parties and said it was a difficult case.
Yesterday, having viewed CCTV footage of the incident, the judge remarked that he was shocked by scenes of a "a mob running amok". He added that he wondered what parents of young people in the locality would have thought if they had seen what the court had been shown.