Friday 21 October 2016

Reveller with Crohn's disease punched bouncer after scuffle with man who 'called him half caste'

Eimear Cotter

Published 16/02/2016 | 10:28

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A reveller with Crohn's disease punched a bouncer in the face after he intervened in a scuffle between him and another man who had called him a "n**ger".

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George Simpson (29) claimed he had gone to the toilet to empty his colostomy bag when a man started taunting him, calling him "n**ger" and "half-caste".

Simpson said he accidentally punched the bouncer when he intervened to stop a scuffle between him and another man.

Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered him to complete 240 hours of community service in lieu of two months in prison.

He also ordered him to pay €300 in compensation to the injured party.

The defendant, with an address at Millwood Villas, Kilbarrack, admitted before Swords District Court to assaulting a security guard at Wrights Cafe Bar in Swords on December 13, 2014.

Gda Michael Doherty said Simpson had been involved in a scuffle with another man and security staff stepped in to stop the fight.

Gda Doherty said Simpson was aggressive and intoxicated and had to be restrained.

The officer said Simpson punched a bouncer twice in the face, leaving him with a cut to the inside of his lip.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said her client was suffering from Crohn's disease at the time of the offence.

She said he had been out with his family for a few Christmas drinks and had gone into the toilets at the end of the night to empty his colostomy bag before going home.

Ms D'Arcy said Simpson was called "n**ger" and "half-cast" by a man in the toilet.

She said Simpson walked away, but the taunts continued and there was a scuffle between the two men and the bouncer intervened.

Ms D'Arcy said Simpson never intended to assault the bouncer.

She also said her client was very upset at the name-calling.

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