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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Security guard wins €38K after being hit by bottle

Longin Gasiorowski
Longin Gasiorowski

A DUBLIN security guard, who claimed he was smashed on the head with a broken glass bottle by a nightclub patron during a “gay friendly” function, has settled a damages claim of €38,000 for an undisclosed sum in the Circuit Civil Court.

Longin Gasiorowski (31) said today that on the 16th July 2007, he had been working at the Traffic nightclub in Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, when the incident happened.

Mr Gasiorowski, of Richmond Square, Morning Star Avenue, Dublin, claimed that as he was controlling the entrance of the club for a “gay friendly night,” he receives permission from his superior to let in a man who, he alleged, had previously caused trouble.

Mr Gasiorowski told his barrister Noel Cosgrove that later in the night he had been patrolling inside when he saw the man arguing with another patron. He said he tried to inform other security officers but his radio was not working properly.

The court heard that as Mr Gasiorowski restrained the man, he was struck on his right ear with broken glass by another man. A nightclub staff had tried to assist him.

Mr Cosgrove said Mr Gasiorowski, who sustained multiple lacerations during the assault, one of them being 3cm long, was taken by taxi to the Emergency Department of St James’ Hospital where his wounds were sutured.

A bandage had been applied and he had been discharged home in the morning. The court was told the lacerations left a disfiguring scar behind his ear.

Mr Gasiorowski, who claimed security personnel had been short-staffed that night, had sued for negligence the nightclub owner, Cyril O’Brien, and also his employer P&B Security Services Limited, of Dair Rua, Kilwarden, Kill, Co Kildare. Both had denied negligence and had entered a full defence.

After Mr Gasiorowski had given evidence, Mr Cosgrove told Judge Matthew Deery that the case had resolved. Judge Deery adjourned the case for mention to allow the parties to implement the settlement.

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