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Boxer punched bouncer as he tried to climb into nightclub

A YOUNG boxing coach punched a nightclub doorman on the ear when he was caught trying to scale a railing to get into the club, a court heard.

Ross Hutch (19) believed he was under the influence of a substance someone had given him on the night when he attacked the doorman as he attempted to gain entry, having been earlier refused.

A judge adjourned the case against him for the preparation of a probation report.

Dublin District Court heard he taught young people boxing at his local club.

Hutch, of Portland Place, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty to assaulting Philip Melia at Tripod, Harcourt Street, last Halloween.

Garda Michael Milner told Dublin District Court he was called to the club to find security staff attempting to restrain Hutch.

Railings

He had tried to gain entry 20 minutes earlier, was refused and climbed railings on to the boiler house.

Security spotted and confronted him, at which he became violent and attacked one of them.

He punched Mr Melia on the side of the head, striking him on the ear. He was chased, caught and restrained.

Hutch had 51 previous convictions for offences including violent disorder and garda obstruction. He had not been in trouble since 2009.

The court heard that he had been in custody in St Patrick's Institution, during which time he had gone back to sit his Junior Certificate and worked as a cleaner on the landing he was on.

He was now back living in his family home with his mother.

The case was adjourned until May 25.

aphelan@herald.ie


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