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Women's row in club toilets sparked brawl

TWO men have been fined over a fight outside a Dublin nightclub in which up to 20 men were involved.

Mobalaji Aregbesola (35) and Saheed Akanbi (36) became involved in the fracas, which was sparked by an argument between two women in the toilets of a nightclub in Swords.

The women were asked to leave the nightclub and a number of men got involved in the row outside the club.

Up to 15 patrol cars and vans and more than 30 gardai were called from stations across the northside of Dublin to help break up the fight.

The defendants claimed that they were trying to break up the fight between the women, but that the row got out of control.

Judge Dermot Dempsey convicted and fined the men €300.

In relation to Akanbi, of Callanders Mill, Celbridge, Co Kildare, Garda John Pirollo said he was called to the Wright Venue, at Airside Retail Park, in Swords, shortly after 4am on April 20, following reports of a large-scale public order incident.

Garda Pirollo said Akanbi was shouting and roaring, gesturing at gardai and calling them racist. He also refused to leave the scene.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said that Akanbi, a father of three, originally from Nigeria, should have left the area when told to go home.

Ms D'Arcy said Akanbi thought his arm was broken as it swelled out. He claimed he was hit with a garda baton, but Garda Pirollo said he did not use his baton.



She said Akanbi, an unemployed security officer, wasn't even drinking.

In relation to Aregbesola, with an address at Cabra Park, Dublin 7, Garda Brian Reidy said he was directed to leave the area but he failed to move.

Garda Reidy said he was not violent or aggressive towards gardai.

Defence lawyer Patrick Jackson said Aregbesola, a father of one, knew the two women who were fighting in the nightclub, and he tried to break it up, but the argument got out of hand. Judge Dempsey fined the men €300.