October 21, 2014

A DJ at a popular nightclub says he has no doubt he would have been seriously hurt but for the swift actions of security staff after he was attacked by three brothers.

The Doherty brothers appeared at Letterkenny Court.

The Doherty brothers appeared at Letterkenny Court.

DJ Kevin Lennon was working at Voodoo Nightclub in Letterkenny when he opened a door to assist staff in ejecting a man from the club.

However, a short time later he was attacked in a vicious manner which left him with a cut to the lip and other bruising.

Three brothers, Liam, James and Peter Doherty of Drumnaskea, Letterkenny appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday in connection with the incident which took place on January 14th last.

CCTV footage was viewed of the incident in court which showed Mr Lennon being punched by Peter Doherty before he fell to the ground and being surrounded by all three brothers.

Peter Doherty, 21, was charged with assault while his two brothers Liam, 22 and James, 24, were charged with public order offences.

Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said there was too much drink taken and it was Peter Doherty who admitted assaulting Mr Lennon.

He said it was a case that they did not realise he was a member of staff and had thought that he had been another man who had earlier attacked Peter who was home for Australia for Christmas.

Judge Paul Kelly asked Mr Lennon of Drumardagh, if he was recovered from his ordeal and if he would like to address the court.

Mr Lennon said he would simply like to thank the security staff at Voodoo.

“Who knows what might have happened if they had not acted so quickly. This could have been a hospitalization case,” he said.

Judge Kelly said “As Mr Lennon said – if it was not for the reaction of the staff it could have been a lot worse. This was a very nasty incident for Mr Lennon when suddenly he finds himself on the ground with people with that level of intent around him.”

He asked defense solicitor Mr Gallagher if the Doherty brothers had anything concrete to offer Mr Lennon by way of an apology.

Mr Gallagher came back and said they could offer him a total of €500.

Judge Kelly said refused the offer but said that if the men came up with a total of €1,500, he would adjourn the case until January 19th.

“They’re all in this together as far as I can see,” added Judge Kelly.