Monday 26 February 2018

Munster rugby star denies assault in family's hotel room

Danny Barnes told the High Court he believed his teammate was in the room.
Danny Barnes told the High Court he believed his teammate was in the room.

Aodhan O'Faolain

A MUNSTER rugby player tried to force his way into a hotel room where a family were sleeping, it was claimed in the High Court.

In an action brought by Thomas McGlynn, his wife Janet and their young son Karl, of Hampton Green, Navan Road, Dublin 7, it is claimed Danny Barnes allegedly assaulted the couple when they and their children were staying at White Hotel in Wexford in 2008.

Arising out of the incident, the McGlynns sued Mr Barnes (23), of Ardrahan, Ardfert, Co Kerry, his employers Munster Rugby, Musgrave Park, Ballyphehane, Co Cork, and Whites Hotel Ltd for damages for alleged negligence and assault.

Mr Barnes, who is currently part of the Munster Rugby squad, the hotel and Munster Rugby all deny the allegations.

Yesterday at the High Court, Mr Justice Sean Ryan heard that the McGlynns claimed the incident occurred when the couple and their two children were asleep in their bedroom at Whites on August 17, 2008.

It is claimed there was a knock and when Mrs McGlynn went to open the door, Mr Barnes – who was a hotel guest along with a Munster Rugby team – tried to force his way in. Mr Barnes denies that he assaulted anyone or tried to force entry.

He said that on the night in question he went to the wrong room on the wrong floor and believed that one of his teammates was in the room.

When the door opened he walked in, but when he saw Mrs McGlynn he stepped back. He said that he was then struck by her husband.

The court heard from Mel Christle SC, for the McGlynns, that Mrs McGlynn suffered post-traumatic stress as a result of the incident and she believed that her life was in danger.

She had been involved in another incident in 2004 when an intruder broke into her home while her family was asleep.

Mr McGlynn claims that he suffered an injury to his hand in the exchange of punches with Mr Barnes. Their son Karl claims to have suffered nervous shock as a result of the incident.

It is claimed that Mr Barnes committed an assault and that he wrongfully attempted to gain access to their room.


It is also alleged that Munster Rugby were negligent by employing somebody with an alleged violent disposition, that they failed to supervise him, exposed them to a risk that they ought to have known.

And the family allege that the hotel allowed Mr Barnes to forcefully gain entry to their room, failed to prevent the assault and exposed them to a risk that they should have known. The case continues.

Irish Independent

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