Ducie guilty of assaulting a garda
Businessman told bouncers they would be shot during row outside club
Published 29/07/2011 | 05:00
A SOCIALITE businessman has been found guilty of assaulting a garda during an altercation in which he threatened to shoot staff at a nightclub.
Kieron Ducie (42) had to be pepper-sprayed when he kicked and punched a garda who intervened in a struggle at the Wright Venue in Swords, north Co Dublin, in November 2009.
The assault happened when he was on his first night out with his partner Elaine Buggle after the birth of their child.
Ducie, of Lambertstown Manor, Kilmessan, Co Meath, had denied the assault charges and said he suffered facial injuries on the night. He maintained that he had been beaten by bouncers at the club "for no good reason".
Dublin District Court heard that Ducie and Ms Buggle had been in the nightclub and that he had gone outside to get Ms Buggle a taxi at 3.15am but was refused re-entry when he returned to collect her.
Doorman Mark Sutton said he explained that it was closing time and the door was exit-only but Ducie told him: "Do you know who I am? I'm a friend of Michael Wright's (the owner)" before punching him in the side of the face.
Mr Sutton and his colleagues Chris Connaughton and John Lindsay then restrained Ducie and they all fell to the ground.
"He kept shouting, 'Do you know who I am? I'm the Wolf, I'll have you shot, yous are dead,'" Mr Sutton recalled.
Mr Lindsay denied having a "grudge" against the accused. All three doormen denied punching and kicking Ducie on the ground. They also denied knowledge of any CCTV "blind spots", such as the one where the incident happened.
Garda Anthony Cagney said when he came on the scene he saw Ducie being restrained on the ground.
He looked into Ducie's face, identified himself as a garda and said he would be released if he stopped kicking out.
When the garda reached out to help him up, Ducie swung a punch at his face, missed and then kicked him on the shin.
The accused refused to calm down and was pepper-sprayed in the face and handcuffed. Ducie's mouth was bleeding and he spat blood, hitting Garda Karl McNamara. He also told both gardai they would be "got".
The gardai radioed for assistance and Ducie had to be carried to a patrol van.
Ducie told the court he had been out celebrating the birth of his first son and was returning to the club after getting a taxi for his partner.
Ms Buggle, who had the couple's second child 10 days before the court hearing, said she was waiting inside when she saw Ducie approach the door and two bouncers lunge at him, kicking and punching him.
"They were like animals on his back," she said. "They were kicking and punching Kieron repeatedly on the floor. I was in shock."
The court heard the defendant had no previous convictions.
Judge Patrick Clyne applied the Probation Act after Ducie's father, Kevin, arrived to make a €3,000 payment on his behalf.
The €3,000 includes expenses to the three doormen, who were prosecution witnesses, €1,000 as a "gesture of contrition" to the victim, Garda Cagney, and a donation of €1,500 to charity.