Friday 23 February 2018

Female tourist ‘kicked across bar floor’ in vicious assault at city centre nightclub

Ryan Nugent and Laura Larkin

A man in his 20s has been arrested after a sickening attack on a female tourist in a city centre nightclub.

The thug kicked a woman in the stomach in an unprovoked attack in the bar before later grappling with his arresting officers.

An eyewitness told the Herald that the English woman who was the victim of the assault was kicked with such force that she travelled across the dance floor.

Outside the man responsible for the attack was held by gardai despite making an ill-fated getaway attempt, pushing a garda as he tried to escape.

The man was then subdued with pepper spray by gardai before he attempted to break free again.

However, he sustained a head injury when, blinded by pepper spray, he fell against the kerb.

The incident happened in a pub in the Temple Bar area shortly after 2am, as St Patrick’s night celebrations got into full swing.

Gardai met the woman who was assaulted and viewed CCTV of the vicious attack.

It is understood that the woman did not require hospital treatment.

The attacker needed medical attention from gardai however, who were forced to bandage his head after his fall and wash out his eyes with bottled water.

He was later released on bail and is due in court next month in relation to the assault.

In another incident in an alcohol-fuelled night in the capital, a rickshaw driver was attacked by another Dublin man.

However, the attacker lost his footing and fell hitting his head off the wheel of the rickshaw before any serious damage was done to the driver.

Emergency services were under pressure last night across the capital.

Dublin Fire Brigade tended to 169 ambulance calls between 6pm on Wednesday and 9am this morning.

They also tended to 33 fire-related incidents in the same period.

The call-outs for medical incidents represent about a 40pc increase on last Thursday, while for fire there was a 65pc increase.

An extensive clean-up operation was under way across the city by Dublin City Council who are charged with cleaning up the mess left by revellers.

Last night rubbish bins were overflowing despite plans to empty them every hour.

A spokeswoman for Dublin City Council said that it had been difficult to access the bins in some places last night due to the number of people.

The streets were also strewn with rubbish, with street cleaners tidying up from the early hours of the morning.

In Temple Bar a private security firm and gardai manned the entrances, keeping crowd levels manageable.

The plan was introduced after last year’s large crowds led to fears over health and safety.

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