Sunday 22 April 2018

'Bumping' and name-calling in Lillie's Bordello led to violent assault on street, court told

Christopher Forbes (Left) and Gerard Monroe (Right) leaving Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Bboth received a three year suspended sentence for assault causing harm on Grafton Street, Dublin, on October 21, 2011. Pic Court Collins.
Christopher Forbes (Left) and Gerard Monroe (Right) leaving Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Bboth received a three year suspended sentence for assault causing harm on Grafton Street, Dublin, on October 21, 2011. Pic Court Collins.
The exterior of Lillies Bordello

Declan Brennan

Two men launched a violent assault on two others over a "bumping" and name calling incident inside a city centre night club, a court has heard.

Gerard Monroe (24) and Christopher Forbes (24) waited outside Lillie's Bordello club in Dublin city and ambushed the victims as they left.

The attackers, who have no criminal record, told gardaí that a row had started earlier inside the venue over the groups "bumping into each other".

Monroe claimed that the victims were abusing him inside the venue, adding: "I'm not sure but I think they were calling us faggots. It's hard to remember. I was genuinely locked. He just kept going on and on".

Forbes, of Phibsboro Road, and Monroe, of Montpelier Road, Dublin, both pleaded guilty to two charges of assault causing harm to Steve O'Sullivan and Des O'Leary on Grafton Street on October 21, 2011.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring suspended a sentence of three years on condition that both men keep the peace for two years. She said that if either man came before the court again for even a minor offence she would impose the full sentence.

Garda Kevin Cassidy told Paul Carroll BL, prosecuting, that after "a verbal altercation" in the club the two accused left the club and Monroe hid behind a pillar. When the victims left the club, Monroe came from behind the pillar and punched Mr O'Sullivan to the head.

Forbes punched Mr O'Leary to the head and the victim fell to the ground. Forbes and Monroe then both turned on the first victim. Forbes also kicked Mr O'Leary a second time in the chest when he tried to get back onto his feet.

Mr O'Sullivan was knocked unconscious and had a dental filling knocked out. He suffered concussion, a black eye and swollen lips. The other man suffered temporary damage to his hearing and injuries to his eye socket and nose. Both men said they have been left more wary of going out at night.

The two attackers told gardai they were drunk on the night and had trouble remembering the attack. Forbes said he found it disturbing that he couldn’t fully remember his actions on the night.

(L) Gerard Monroe and (R) Christopher Forbes leaving Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Bboth received a three year suspended sentence for assault causing harm on Grafton Street, Dublin, on October 21, 2011. Pic Court Collins.
(L) Gerard Monroe and (R) Christopher Forbes leaving Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Bboth received a three year suspended sentence for assault causing harm on Grafton Street, Dublin, on October 21, 2011. Pic Court Collins.

The court heard that both accused have good work records and came from good families where this type of behaviour would not be tolerated. The Probation Services placed them both at a low risk of re-offending.

Forbes brought €3,000 to court as a "token of restitution for his actions on the night" while Monroe brought €550. Judge Ring ordered that the money be handed over.

The judge noted that both men had co-operated with the Restorative Justice Programme though neither of the victims had participated in the programme. She said they had taken part in alcohol awareness programmes.

“Neither could handle drink,” she said, noting how a considerable amount of alcohol had been consumed.

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