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'Over-Zealous' Tesco security guard who injured boy by kicking bike 'took job too seriously'

Judge Gerard Jones told him to pay €1,500 and adjourned the case at Blanchardstown District Court.

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Anderson Cabanas

Anderson Cabanas

Anderson Cabanas

A SUPERMARKET security man was taking his job “far too seriously” when he kicked a young boy’s bike, causing him to fall off and injure himself.

The youth cut his face on the ground in a fall after Anderson Cabanas (29) hit the bicycle in an “over-zealous” attempt to protect the store from anti-social activity.

Judge Gerard Jones told him to pay €1,500 and adjourned the case at Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Cabanas, of Ashley Hall, Lucan, pleaded guilty to assault.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said Mr Cabanas was a security guard in Tesco, Liffey Valley, on November 10 last year when the victim was outside with a number of other youths.

Mr Cabanas kicked the back of his bike, causing the boy to fall off it and cut and bruise his face. He had no previous convictions.

At the time, stores had been reopened after lockdown to facilitate Christmas shopping and everybody was on “high alert”, his defence said.

There had been ongoing difficulties with people causing trouble in the store and security had “a lot of troublemakers to put up with."

The victim was not linked to that but there was a perception that the people he was with may have been involved.

Mr Cabanas had been working back-to-back shifts.

“He was taking his job very seriously – far too seriously,” the defence said.

He saw the victim on the bike, kicked and it was “utterly the wrong thing to do” and a “very foolish act”.

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“He was desperately trying to protect, in a misguided manner, the shop,” she said.

Mr Cabanas lost his job. The accused, from Paraguay, had completed a business degree in college.

He now “ironically” had a job as a bicycle repair man.

Judge Jones said if compensation was paid, he would strike the case out. If not, he would give the accused a three-month suspended sentence.

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