Saturday 19 April 2014

Woman denies 'reckless Dirty Dancing' before falling in Copper Face Jacks

Ciara O’Connell leaving court in Dublin

THE High Court will give its decision next week in the case of a woman who claims she was injured in a fall at a nightclub while dancing with a work colleague.

Sales representative Ciara O'Connell (33) was dancing backwards to a Shakira song with a male colleague in a style from the film "Dirty Dancing " when she fractured her arm at Copper Face Jacks, Harcourt

Street, Dublin, the court heard.   A central issue was whether the floor was wet at the time, the court also heard.


Yesterday, Ms O'Connell's  dancing partner, Noel Humphries, told Mr Justice Sean Ryan he was not  familiar with the phrase "dirty dancing".


Under cross examination by Colm Condon SC, for the club, Mr Humprhries, who had been on a night out with a number of work colleagues, accepted he and Ms O'Connell were dancing close together because when they fell he landed on top of her.


He said he would not have thought he was leaning back in to Ms O'Connell.


At the time of the fall he felt an unusual sensation under his feet as if he slipped.  He did not particularly notice the condition of the floor but when he got up his hand was wet but he did not know if it was from sweating.


He did not make any complaint to the nightclub about what happened and his concern after the fall was for Ms O'Connell. He said nobody had come to him to say he had been dancing recklessly.


Ms O'Connell, Glenview Park, Tallaght, Dublin, who had to have two operations following the accident,yesterday showed Mr Justice Sean Ryan the scarring on her arm.


She has sued Breanagh Catering Ltd, trading as Copper Face Jacks as a result of the incident in the early hours of August 4, 2006.


She claimed Mr Humphries  slipped on the floor which she has alleged was wet.  He fell on to her causing her to fall to the ground.


The club says the floor was dry and allege that Ms O'Connell was engaged in dangerous and reckless dancing with  Mr Humphries.


Nightclub manager, Aiden McCormack, told the court the club does not generally allow drinking on the dance floor and it does not encourage people to walk through the dance floor with drink.


Having viewed a CCTV recording on the night, he agreed with defence counsel there was nothing about the dancing which gave him cause for concern.


Mr Justice Ryan said he will give his decision in a week.

Irish Independent




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