Teen girl ordered to pay former friend €13,000 after hitting her with a bottle
Published 17/03/2011 | 05:00
A 16-year-old schoolgirl, who assaulted a former pal after having been served alcohol in a nightclub, yesterday heard a judge award her former friend €13,000 in damages against her.
Shauna Saul, now an 18-year-old hairdresser, was also directed to pay legal costs approaching €5,000 -- an overall judgment of almost €18,000 that will remain "live" against her for the next 12 years.
Saul, of Larkfield Road, Kimmage, Dublin, told the Circuit Civil Court that bar staff at Redz Nightclub, in Dublin city centre, had served her bottles of cranberry alco-pop on production of someone else's driving licence.
She denied having assaulted former best friend Latoya Donohoe by hitting her in the forehead with a bottle after having thrown drink over her in the club on June 6, 2008.
Barrister David Kearney said Ms Donohoe, a 20-year-old beautician, of Clogher Road, Crumlin, Dublin, was suing Gingersnap Limited, which traded as Redz Nightclub, in D'Olier Street, Dublin, and Saul for damages.
Judgment in default of defence had already been obtained against Saul.
Ms Donohoe told the court she had been best friends with Saul until 2007 when, in Turkey, while on holidays with both their parents, they had fallen out over a pair of sandals. They had not been on speaking terms since.
At the nightclub Saul had given her dirty looks and had thrown drink on her several times. She then hit her with the bottle she was drinking from, leaving her with a permanent scar on her right eyebrow and a cut on her scalp.
Saul told Hugh O'Flaherty, for the nightclub, that she accidentally splashed Latoya while dancing. As she tried defensively to push Latoya away the bottle struck her.
Judge Joseph Matthews said there was no way the bouncers could have known of any trouble brewing between the two girls. They had acted quickly when the trouble started and he dismissed Ms Donohoe's claim against the club.
Awarding Ms Donohoe €13,000 and costs the judge said she had suffered significantly and he was satisfied there had been a degree of intent in the force used by Saul.