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Tallaght man pays for slapping female bouncer at music festival

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The incident happened at Longitude in Marley Park
The incident happened at Longitude in Marley Park

A festival-goer who slapped a female security guard in the face after she stopped him from going back-stage has avoided a conviction after he paid €2,500 compensation to the victim.

Gary Byrne (33) was celebrating his birthday at Longitude music festival and does not remember the assault.

A court previously heard he was disgusted with his behaviour.

Judge Patricia McNamara struck out the charge, leaving Byrne without a conviction, after he brought €2,500 compensation to court for the victim.

Byrne, of Alderwood Close, Tallaght, had previously admitted before Tallaght District Court to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

He further admitted assaulting security guard Leanne Hyland at Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, on July 19 last year.

Sgt Eithne Madden said Ms Hyland stopped Byrne when he tried to push open a gate to go back-stage and he slapped her in the face.

Ms Hyland said Byrne slapped her twice. She did not suffer any injuries.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said Byrne was celebrating his 32nd birthday and doesn't remember the assault.

He said Byrne, a married father-of-one, was disgusted that he slapped the woman and was very sorry.

The solicitor said Byrne had the compensation in court and he asked Judge McNamara to leave the defendant without a conviction.