Published Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Milk nightclub, where the attack happened in 2005. (© Pacemaker)
The couple, who have not been named, sued over injuries inflicted during a night out with friends at the Milk venue in May 2005.
Security staff were said to have dragged the man outside the premises before "viciously" assaulting him as he lay on the ground - resulting in him needing an operation to remove one of his testicles.
His wife tried to intervene, but she was restrained by another doorman, forced into a seat and then dragged over a table by her legs, before witnessing the attack on her husband in the street.
The couple issued writs against Anthony Roddy and Bernard Conlon, trading as The Milk Bar and Club/The Milk Nite Club Bar and Life Inns Ltd.
Then based at Tomb Street in the city, the nightclub closed more than three years ago.
With defendants in the case taking no further part after entering initial appearances, the couple won a High Court judgment last September with an assessment then carried out to award damages.
The victim of the attack had already undergone a vasectomy before getting married, but had been planning to reverse the procedure prior to the attack.
Because his wife is now aged 44, her chances of conception are no longer considered high enough to go through with the reversal.
"Whilst this unfortunate outcome cannot be blamed entirely upon the injury, it is undoubtedly a significant factor in that outcome, which means that [the couple] not be able to have children together," Master McCorry said.
He acknowledged the impact of the injury on the couple's lives, with the court hearing that the woman - who suffered bruising, wrist and back pains - had at one stage taken an overdose.
Master McCorry ruled that she should be awarded a total of £12,500, while her husband should receive £80,000 in total.
He added: "I am satisfied that the circumstances and manner in which the plaintiffs were assaulted, and the injury to feelings - including the indignity, mental suffering, humiliation or distress caused by the attacks - as well as anger and indignation arising from the circumstances of the attacks, are such as to warrant awards of aggravated damages."