Man jailed for assault on bouncer at nightclub

A man who took part in the assault of a bouncer at Copper Face Jacks nightclub has been jailed for two years.

Man jailed for assault on bouncer at nightclub

Paul Rice, aged 25, of Allenton Avenue, Tallaght, Dublin, was one of a group of six men who got into a fight with bouncers at the nightclub on Harcourt St on September 23, 2014, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard yesterday.

Rice pleaded guilty to violent disorder. The court heard two men tried to get into the club but were refused. They returned with four others, including Rice.

When they were once again refused entry, Rice and another man dragged one bouncer across the street before punching him 17 times to the head. Rice threw nine of these punches, the court heard. The bouncer suffered a cut ear and bruising to the face.

Rice was arrested after he was identified by police on CCTV footage.

The attack was “particularly violent”, Garda Paul Murray told the court.

Another man who attacked the bouncer has since been jailed for four years, the court heard.

Rice has 11 previous convictions, including public order offences.

The court heard he was extremely remorseful and wished to apologise to his victim.

Judge Terence O’Sullivan sentenced Rice to three years in jail, but suspended the final year.

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