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Gardaí appeal for person attacked after Butlers Café abuse incident to come forward

Footage of David McCarthy abusing staff at the Dublin Café hears him shouting slurs as he is asked to put on a face mask went viral.
David McCarthy abused staff in a Dublin café

David McCarthy abused staff in a Dublin café

Clodagh Meaney

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses after footage of an MMA fighter hurling homophobic abuse at Butlers staff on Grafton Street went viral.

The video which was originally posted on TikTok shows a customer verbally abusing an employee in Butler’s Chocolate Café on College Green in Dublin on Thursday November 18th.

The man in the video, David McCarthy, who is a fitness coach and MMA fighter, was also filming a video on his own phone as he hurled homophobic slurs at the worker after being asked to wear a mask in the shop.

Now Gardaí say they are searching for a member of the public who is alleged to have been attacked by the man after he left the premises.

They say the man, believed to be McCarthy, who was not wearing a face covering inside the store, became abusive to staff working there. He then left the premises shortly after but returned approximately ten minutes later, where again, he became abusive to staff.

When the man left for the final time, it is believed he headed towards College Green, and Gardaí say that a member of the public was allegedly attacked by him when he exited the café for the final time.

It is believed he headed in the direction of College Green. Gardaí wish to speak to a member of the public who is alleged to have been attacked by this man when he exited the premises.

It comes as Gardaí previously appealed for witnesses who may have been in the Grafton Street area between 3.55pm and 4.25pm on Thursday 18th November 2021 and who may have witnessed this incident, to come forward to them.

In a statement, a Garda spokesperson said: “An Garda Síochána takes any crime or incident, with a hate motivation, seriously, and incidents reported to us are professionally investigated.”

“An Garda Síochána encourages anyone who believes they may have been the victim of any crime or incident with a hate motivation to report it to any Garda Station.”

Taking to Instagram, McCarthy made excuses for his actions, but failed to apologise to those he abused.

“I made a mistake. Human. Let he who is without sin. I’m shedding weight for #movember in aid of suicide prevention. I deliberately woke at 2.30am that morning.

"I had less than 900 calories for 2 weeks straight. ALL protein no carbs.

"I worked out extremely hard. And had 100 more things on the go! I am human and learning everyday,” he said.

Gardaí can be contacted at Pearse Street Garda Station on 01 666 9000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.


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