Suspended term for Cork man who head-butted nightclub security

Suspended term for Cork man who head-butted nightclub security

A security man at a Cork city nightclub was head-butted into the mouth, chipping three of his teeth, and yesterday the accused man paid him €2,000 compensation and got a suspended jail term.

Michael Coughlan, aged 30, with an address at 11 Mount Vernon Crescent, South Douglas Road, Cork, was convicted at Cork District Court on a charge of assault causing harm to Michael McSweeney.

Judge Con O’Leary viewed CCTV of the incident earlier this month at Cork District Court.

The judge remarked that when the injured party was dealing with the defendant on June 2, 2018, it appeared that Coughlan was willing to leave but then when a second security man caught him by the shirt and moved him more forcefully, the defendant then head-butted the first security man.

The injured party said yesterday that his recollection was that his colleague became involved after the defendant head-butted him.

Judge O’Leary said CCTV showed that the participation of the second security man in the event took place before the assault.

Mr McSweeney said yesterday that from his recollection of the incident the defendant was not agreeing to leave. “He was adamant he was not leaving,” the injured party said.

Judge O’Leary said that even on the basis of what he viewed on the CCTV there was no need for what the defendant did. The judge said he was taking the most favourable interpretation he could take in relation to the CCTV, from the defendant’s point of view.

He imposed a four-month suspended sentence on the accused on the charge of assault causing harm.

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