Former Lord Mayor of Dublin Royston Brady told a “complete lie” when testifying he had advised a hotel boss of a head chef’s propensity for violence before a decision was made to employ him, it has been claimed before the High Court.
Mr Brady, who flew in to give evidence from the US where he now works, insisted before the High Court he had informed Ian McGuinness, managing director of Roganstown Golf and Country Club hotel, Swords, Dublin, that chef Max Usai had “a temper” and had previously been involved in an assault at another hotel before Mr McGuinness decided to take the chef on in Roganstown.
Mr McGuinness said Mr Brady had come all the way from the US “to make my life miserable”.
“Mr Brady, with all due respect, does not know the meaning of the word truth,” he claimed.
Both men were giving evidence in a case brought by Joseph Elmonem, aged 65, financial controller of Roganstown, who claims he was assaulted by Max Usai, Chapel Farm Copse, Lusk, Dublin, in his office on March 21, 2011.
He has sued Mr Usai for damages over his injuries as well as the hotel operating company, Nethercross Ltd, claiming it was vicariously liable for Mr Usai’s actions. The hotel denies liability and says he was not acting within the scope of his employment.
Mr Usai accepted the assault took place and should not have happened but denied it was a vicious, protracted assault.
Mr Elmonem told the court Mr Usai came in to his office saying he had not yet got his health insurance card from the hotel. Mr Elmonem said he was busy, at which point Mr Usai became abusive and punched him a number of times, leaving him bleeding and later requiring hospital treatment.
Mr Brady, who served as mayor between 2003 and 2004, told the court he had been asked by Mr Elmonem to give evidence as he was general manager of Roganstown at the time Mr Usai was taken on.
He disagreed with Jonathan Kilfeather, for Nethercross, that he was not correct when he said he had given information to Mr McGuinness about Mr Usai’s temper before he was taken on.
“I cannot allow, after travelling all the way here, for you to say to me I am untruthful in the details I have given,” he said.
Mr Justice Daniel Herbert said he would give his decision later.
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