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Couple settles Electic Picnic case after security guards burst into tent

A couple, who were in a state of undress in their tent at the Electric Picnic[1] Festival in 2015 when security men burst in to search their belongings, have each settled a damages claim against the organisers and two security companies. Stephen Massey , a 42-year-old driver and Niamh McCarthy (36), a consultant, both of Connawood Lawn, Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, Co Wicklow[2], had sued the defendants for defamation, assault, wrongful arrest and false imprisonment at the concert in Stradbally[3] Hall, Co Laois. Both accepted undisclosed settlement offers from the organisers Ep Festivals[4] Limited and Live Nation[5] Ireland Limited, both with addresses at 3Arena, North Wall Quay, Dublin. The claims were struck out against them as well as Gold Standard Security[6] Limited, Tamworth, Staffordshire, England[7], and Specialized Security Guarding Limited, Howe Street, Edinburgh[8], Scotland[9].

Massey and McCarthy claimed they had been assaulted and detained by security staff and later told, having been given a complete clearance by garda ,, that they were free to stay for the concert which had attracted more than 50,000 picnickers. The couple had decided following their experience to fold up tent and leave. The Electric Picnic Festival takes place again this year at Stradbally from September 1st and 3rd and has been a sell-out. In joint proceedings against all four defendants the couple alleged that on September 5th, 2015 they were at the boutique camping section when security staff unlawfully entered their tent, demanding they leave until it was searched.

Massey alleged he had been beaten, pinioned and knocked to the ground before having been dragged to a Jeep and taken to garda , who directed his release, while his girlfriend had been assaulted when restrained by security staff from leaving to use a toilet. Both plaintiffs alleged they had been shocked and distressed and very frightened by the unlawful entry by security staff and a number of other campers had opened their tents to see what was going on. Both had later attended with and sought treatment from their doctors. Michael Byrne S.C., who appeared with barrister John Nolan and Tracey[10] Solicitors for the couple, told Mr Justice Kevin Cross in the High Court[11] that the cases had been settled and could be struck out against all defendants.

In October last year judgment in default of appearance had been granted against Gold Standard Security. A security guard who had been prosecuted by gardai for assault had been convicted and ordered to pay the couple ‘ 4,000.


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Atascadero Kmart security guard assaulted by alleged thief, poli

Atascadero Kmart Security Guard Assaulted By Alleged Thief, Poli

A Kmart security guard was taken to the hospital after police say they were assaulted by a thief over the weekend.

Atascadero police say the guard caught a person taking merchandise Saturday night.

The guard confronted the alleged robber as the person was exiting the store, and was then hit on the head with an object, possibly a bat, according to a family member of the guard. The guard told KSBY News Monday he suffered a bad concussion, but is doing OK and is out of the hospital. He says he did not get a good look at the person who hit him.

No arrests have been made.

Security guard choked in three-on-one assault

Security guard assaulted

Three men will front Byron Local Court on June 8, after it was alleged they assaulted a security guard at Cheeky Monkeys Bar and Restaurant at Byron Bay on Friday night. About 9.45pm a man in his mid 20’s was removed from bar, after he and two of his “associates – all from Queensland – are claimed to have assaulted a security guard by slamming a door into his back and grabbing him by the throat. Police said during the alleged assault, entirely caught on CCTV, the security officer’s clothing was damaged.

High range drink driver

A 26-year-old man had his licence suspended on the spot and will face Byron Bay Local Court on June 8, after being charged with High Range drink driving. On Thursday morning, about 12.55am, police were patrolling Lawson St Byron Bay, when they stopped a white Toyota Land cruiser for a road side breath test. The man returned a positive, was taken to to Byron Bay Police Station for a breath analysis, where he returned a reading of 0.206 grams of alcohol in 210 litres of breath.

Caught by RBT

A 26-year-old man will front court on June 8 after he was charged with Mid Range drink driving on Thursday night. He was caught by an RBT unit on Butler/Shirley Street and returned a reading of 0.130 reading. Police also confiscated the keys to the vehicle to prevent further offences, because the man had a disqualified licence.

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