Saturday 17 March 2018

Almost 30 Swedish House Mafia fans launch personal injuries claims following infamous Phoenix Park gig

Swedish House Mafia
Swedish House Mafia

Ray Managh

Almost 30 fans of the band Swedish House Mafia have launched claims for personal injury damages arising out of the group’s infamous concerts in Phoenix Park four years ago, it was learned today.

The concerts ran over three days in July 2012 and, due to a number of attacks on fans, led to a garda investigation into how it was managed and marshalled.

It led to a meeting between event organisers and the Garda Commissioner leading to the establishment of protocols governing the running of any future events in the park.

A solicitor involved in a case yet to be heard by the courts said today he knew of 26 cases pending with others also in the pipeline.

Last week a fan, who was one of a number of people stabbed and beaten up at one of the concerts on July 7, 2012, settled a €60,000 damages claim in the Circuit Civil Court for an undisclosed sum.

Barrister Suzanne Walsh asked Judge Jacqueline Linnane to strike out the claim of Niall Davey with an order for his legal costs.

Davey, of Castleknock Drive, Castleknock, Dublin, had sued MCD Productions, Dunlaoghaire, Co Dublin;  Swords Risk Services Limited, Tuam Road, Galway;  Eventsec Limited, Queen’s Way, Belfast;  Michael N. Slattery & Associates Limited, Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin, and PBM Productions Limited, trading as Diffusion Events, Dunlaoghaire.

The new claims will be heard by the Circuit Civil Court and, for the more serious cases, the High Court.  Prior to the settlement of Mr Davey’s case barrister Pat Purcell had told the court he would be seeking to present a Report of the Garda Investigation.  It is expected the Report, previously unpublished, will be opened in the forthcoming cases.

Mr Davey had claimed anti-social behaviour by a group of males at the July 7 concert who kicked mud in people’s faces.  They had later viciously assaulted, beaten and stabbed him in the back and, as he lay on the ground, punched and kicked him about his head.

The new cases are expected to come for trial before August.

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