Thursday 23 November 2017

Couple settle Electric Picnic claim 'after security men burst into tent'

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Ray Managh

A couple who were in a state of undress in their tent at the Electric Picnic when security men burst in to search their belongings have settled damages claims.

Stephen Massey (42) and Niamh McCarthy (36), of Connawood Lawn, Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, Co Wicklow, had sued the defendants for defamation, assault, wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.

The couple alleged that on September 5, 2015, they were at the boutique camping section when security staff unlawfully entered their tent.

Both plaintiffs alleged they were shocked and distressed, while other campers opened their tents to see what was going on. Mr Massey alleged he was knocked to the ground before being taken to gardaí, who directed his release, while his girlfriend was assaulted when restrained from leaving to use a toilet. The couple were later told, having been given a complete clearance by gardaí, they were free to stay. But they had decided to fold up their tent and leave.

Both accepted undisclosed settlement offers from the organisers Ep Festivals Limited and Live Nation Ireland Limited, both with addresses at 3Arena, North Wall Quay, Dublin. The claims were struck out against them as well as Gold Standard Security Ltd of Tamworth, Staffordshire, and Specialized Security Guarding Ltd of Howe Street, Edinburgh.

Irish Independent

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