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Assault trial bouncer 'only doing his job'

A BOUNCER has strongly denied that he twice kneed a pubgoer in the chest and face as he and another bouncer struggled to restrain him on the ground. Gavin Donegan (34) has claimed he was simply doing his job and he used a common technique to restrain the alleged victim, who had "an awful lot to drink" and was extremely aggressive towards pub staff.

Gavin Donegan (34) has claimed he was simply doing his job and he used a common technique to restrain the alleged victim, who had "an awful lot to drink" and was extremely aggressive towards pub staff.

The alleged victim, Thomas Jessom, has claimed that the bouncer "dropped the knee" on his face on two occasions.

He has also claimed he was left with a cut to his face and injuries to his teeth.

The defendant, of Ardara Avenue in Donaghmede, appeared before Swords District Court accused of assault.

The alleged incident took place at the front door to Wright's Pub, Malahide Road, Swords around 2.30am on July 27 last year.

In his evidence, Donegan said he has worked as a security man for over a decade. He said he was inside Wrights Pub when a barmaid called him to the front door, as another bouncer was involved in an altercation with another man.



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Donegan claimed Mr Jessom was very aggressive towards the other bouncer, and was trying to pass out drink to his two friends, who had earlier been kicked out of the pub.

He said the other bouncer was trying to restrain Mr Jessom to the ground when he came on the scene, and he helped him hold the alleged victim, who was struggling.

Donegan said he put Mr Jessom's head to one side and he held him down with his knee to the neck and chest area.

He said he has been trained to use this technique, as it means the person can't spit or bite.

In cross examination by state solicitor Ann Collins, Donegan denied he "over-stepped the mark" and kneed the victim in the face.

The barmaid claimed Mr Jessom was initially "cheeky" to her when she told him he couldn't pass out drinks to his friends.

She said he was aggressive to one of the other bouncers when he poured out the drinks, and she then ran and called Donegan to the door for his help.

Judge Patrick Brady adjourned the case for three weeks.


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