Woman suing pub denies she tried to lift man in dancefloor accident
A woman fractured her ankle when she slipped and fell at a 40th birthday party in a pub, it has been claimed in the High Court.
Martine Minnock said she slipped while walking across the dance floor in the Beehive pub in the village of Mountbolus, near Tullamore, Co Offaly. She claims the floor was wet.
The pub owners claim Ms Minnock had attempted to lift her brother in law John Cody from the floor and as a result fell. It denies the floor was wet.
The 44-year old mother-of-three told the court that as she went down, she grabbed at the back of her brother in law and pulled him, so the both fell back on the floor.
Ms Minnock, Arden View, Tullamore, Co Offaly, has sued pub owners Andrew Johnston and Sian Marie Johnston as a result of the alleged fall on February 11, 2012. She was attending the birthday party of her brother in law John Cody.
She claims the floor was permitted to be wet and slippy.
The claims are denied.
Her counsel John Paul Shortt said his side contended the ladies toilet flooded and sufficient precautions were not taken to prevent the tracking of water on to the floor.
When Ms Minnock was helped from the floor, she noticed the back of her dress was damp, counsel said.
The pub owners also say Ms Minnock was engaged in dangerous and boisterous behaviour with another patron when she fell.
She also allegedly wilfully and recklessly engaged in behaviour that carried with it a risk of falling, it is argued.
It is further denied the floor was wet and it is contended Ms Minnock failed to have adequate regard for her own safety.
Ms Minnock told the court she had a four or five glasses of lager and then went to the smoking area.
She said after smoking she saw Mr Cody and went across the dance floor to wish him a happy birthday.
Cross examined by John Durcan BL, Ms Minnock said she found out last week that Mr Cody will giving evidence for the pub side.
When counsel put it to her she had tried to lift Mr Cody from behind, Ms Minnock said "no way,"
Mr Durcan said four people, including Mr Cody, will give evidence she was trying to lift Mr Cody.
She replied:"I did not lift John Cody."
Counsel said another woman will give evidence that later in the hospital Ms Minnock allegedly said:
"You know me when I get a few drinks on me; I went to lift John Cody, the h**r, and my left leg buckled."
Ms Minnock also denied she was wearing four inch stiletto heels at the time and said she had two inch heels.
The case continues before Mr Justice Michael Moriarty.