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Paddy Power 'attack man' settles €38k claim

AN unemployed man who alleged he was assaulted in a Paddy Power betting shop has settled a €38,000 damages claim in the Circuit Civil Court, for an undisclosed sum.

Terence McAuley (39), of Hardwick Apartments, Brunswick Street, Dublin, claimed in a personal injury summons that on April 28, 2010, a member of staff at Paddy Power store in Smithfield, Dublin, had ejected a homeless man who had fallen asleep.

Mr McAuley alleged he had been assaulted by the unidentified homeless man before he had been put out of the shop.

The homeless man had re-entered the store later and had again assaulted Mr McAuley.

Mr McAuley, who suffered a laceration to his forehead, had been lying on the ground when the homeless man allegedly assaulted him again.

His attacker had disappeared when gardai later arrived. Mr McAuley claimed he had been taken by ambulance to A&E at the Mater Hospital, Dublin, where he had been treated for a laceration to his forehead and bruising on his chest.

In his Civil Bill, Mr McAuley claimed that he suffered from headaches following the attacks.

John P. Kehoe, for Mr McAuley, told Judge Jacqueline Linnane yesterday that following talks with Noel Cosgrove, for Paddy Power, the case had been settled and could be struck out.

Paddy Power Plc had entered a full defence to the claim, which had been struck out with no orders as to costs.