Friday 19 July 2019

€25,000 for woman thrown out of club by 'blood sport' bouncers

Eva Hawthorn outside court. Photo: collins
Eva Hawthorn outside court. Photo: collins
Viktor Rybakob (left) and Tomas Lukasz leaving court yesterday. Photos: collins

Ray Managh

Nightclub bouncers acted as if they were taking part in a "blood sport" as they threw a couple off the premises, a judge said yesterday.

Eva Hawthorn, who weighs just six stone, was grabbed in a bear-hug by Viktor Rybakob, described by Mr Justice Raymond Groarke as a "giant of Celtic proportions".

She was injured in an unprovoked assault by his burly colleague Tomas Lukasz - and a third unidentified bouncer threw her through the air.

At one point, 20-stone Rybakob, Lukasz and a third bouncer were all lying on top of Mr Hawthorn's then boyfriend Andrew Lynch.

Judge Groarke, the Circuit Court President, yesterday awarded Ms Hawthorn €25,000 over the incident at The Wright Venue nightclub in Swords, Co Dublin, in March 2014.

Barrister Pat O'Brien, for Ms Hawthorn, of Ashton Drive, Asthon Broc, Swords, told the court his client, who is now 39, suffered a bloody cut to her nose and body bruising.

She had sued I-Secure Risk Management Limited, in liquidation, of Blanchardstown, against whom judgment had already been obtained, and Wrights Café Bar.

Judge Groarke said there had been violence which was in no way commensurate with the aggression the couple were alleged to have been showing towards the bouncers.

He added that on CCTV of the incident, there was "great delight on the faces of the security men involved as if it were a form of blood sport on their part".

Irish Independent

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