Saturday 21 September 2019

Drunk man struck off-duty garda as she tried to stop him attacking doorwoman in gay bar The George

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Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A man struck an off-duty female garda in a gay pub after she tried to stop him attacking a doorwoman in what was described as a "vicious" assault.

Matthew McDonnell (40) was repeatedly punching the security guard in the face when the garda intervened.

Judge Michael Walsh ordered him to pay €500 compensation to each woman and adjourned sentencing.

McDonnell pleaded guilty to assaulting Dawn Cleary and the garda officer.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at The George pub, George's Street on June 3 last.

Ms Cleary was attempting to escort the accused from the premises when he "kicked off", punching her in the face a number of times, a garda said.

The guard, who was there at the time intervened. The accused continued to act in an aggressive manner, lashing out at both the garda and Ms Cleary.

He was taken outside the premises, where he was arrested. Neither victim sought any medical attention, having suffered "just bumps and bruises", a garda said.

The incident was "very much out of character" for the defendant, his solicitor Donal Quigley said.

McDonnell, of The Riggins, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, had an alcohol problem and was a man "with his own demons," Mr Quigley said.

He had been intoxicated and had "no great recollection" of the assaults.

"He cannot explain or put his finger on what happened on the night," Mr Quigley said..

Judge Walsh said both women had been subjected to "a nasty, vicious and clearly unprovoked assault".

He said they had experienced "trauma and upset."

Adjourning the case, he added that payment of the compensation would "influence the manner in which I am going to dispose of this".

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