Monday 23 July 2018

Builders beat up bouncer in racist attack

Ann Healy

A BLACK medical student working as a nightclub bouncer was called a "nigger" and a "black bastard" before being kicked and beaten by four Galway construction workers.

Aderemi Ogunjimi yesterday accepted a cheque for ?20,000 from his attackers at Galway Circuit Criminal Court.

Mr Ogunjimi, who recently qualified and is currently working at Wexford Hospital, was not in court to hear evidence given by Garda Gerry Fahy yesterday against his four attackers. He accepted their monetary offer through his barrister. Peter Frazer (22), a carpenter from Lackaghmore Turloughmore, who has two previous convictions for assault, was remanded in custody by Judge Raymond Groarke until July 26 for sentence.

His co-accused, Padraig Coady (43), a plasterer from Cregarragh, Claregalway, his younger brother, Kenneth Coady (24), a block layer from Cloonavadogue, Ballyglunin; and apprentice block-layer Jason Roche (22), Ballybanagher, Cummer, were each given suspended 12 month sentences for their part in the unprovoked assault. All four denied they had made the racist comments.

Garda Fahy said independent witnesses to the attack outside the Athenry nightclub heard the racist insults. But no-one could identify who made them to Mr Ogunjimi.

The Garda said a group of people were refused admission to the nightclub which was already packed.

Witnesses saw the four approach Mr Ogunjimi at the door, being led by Frazer, and they heard him being called "a nigger" and "a black bastard who should return to your own country."

Frazer punched Mr Ogunjimi in the face and when he fell to the ground.

He was dragged outside where the others assaulted him. He suffered cuts to his head and face, two broken front teeth, and bruising to his entire body before being rescued by other bouncers.

Judge Raymond Groarke said this had been a very cowardly attack and the four big, strong Co Galway men should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.

He said the attack was motivated by the racial slur and was as cowardly an act as one could imagine.

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