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Gym trainee kicked out at bouncer in pub row

A TRAINEE fitness instructor kicked out at a security man and broke his earpiece as he was removed from a pub after getting involved in an argument with other revellers, a court heard.

Rory Kavanagh (34) was being escorted out of the pub when he threatened the security man and pulled his earpiece.

A judge said he would leave Kavanagh without a conviction if he paid compensation for the damaged earpiece.

The defendant, of Castlegrange Avenue, Swords, admitted before Swords District Court to public drunkenness, threatening and abusive behaviour as well as criminal damage.

The incident took place at Forster Way, Swords, shortly after midnight on August 15 last.

Garda Sergeant Paul Madden said Kavanagh was asked to leave Wrights Pub after he got involved in a disturbance with other customers.

Sgt Madden said the defendant was drunk, and he shouted and threatened door staff and kicked out at them.

He was also verbally abusive to gardai when they were called to the incident.

The sergeant said Kavanagh also pulled the earpiece of a security man, causing €110 worth of damage.

The court heard the defendant has one previous conviction, for assault, which dates back to 2005.

Defence lawyer Diana Stuart said Kavanagh was extremely apologetic for his behaviour.

Ms Stuart said the defendant was socialising in the pub when another group made an allegation against him, and he was drunk, and reacted badly to this.


She said he had worked in a garage, but lost his job eight months ago and has been unemployed since.

He is currently doing a health and fitness course. Ms Stuart said the incident was a one-off and Kavanagh does not have a problem with drink or drugs. He had €300 in court.

Judge Brian Sheridan ordered that Kavanagh pay €110 compensation for the damaged ear piece, and said €190 should go to the court Poor Box.

The judge applied the Probation Act.