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Home / Entertainment / Cardiff nightclubs Kapu and Ladybird could see licences revoked after series of violent incidents
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Cardiff nightclubs Kapu and Ladybird could see licences revoked after series of violent incidents

A trendy cocktail bar and club described as a “celeb hangout” could see its licence revoked after a series of violent incidents.

South Wales Police has applied for a review of the premises licence at Kapu Exotic Cocktails and Island Grill and the adjoining Ladybird Club on Mill Lane in Cardiff.

It cites incidents including girls fighting with stiletto heels, an assault that left a man with a double skull fracture and hearing loss, a doorman having his ear bitten and a racially aggravated assault.

The current licence is held by owner Gianluca Malacrino and permits alcohol to be sold to 5am on weekends and Bank Holidays.

But police say they are concerned the premises are not meeting licensing objectives, including public safety.

Ladybird nightclub
Ladybird nightclub


The application from Chief Superintendent Alun Thomas says: “There have been a number of incidences of crime and disorder. These incidents have seen a steady increase in number and severity.

“The police are concerned that these incidents will continue to escalate.”

On its website, Kapu describes itself as an Hawaiian-style escape.

It says: “Kapu has beached up in Cardiff and introducing the Tiki lifestyle and Cardiff’s new celeb hangout for everyone to enjoy and capture those magical moments (sic).”

But, referring to both premises, police cite a racially aggravated assault in toilets, selling alcohol to 15 and 16 year old girls and a doorman having blood drawn after being bitten as examples of incidents it has been involved with.

In the latter incident, they say the doorman asked Mr Malacrino to call the police but he refused.

Gianluca Malacrino
Gianluca Malacrino


Under current licensing conditions, the premises can open from 10pm to 3.30am between Monday and Wednesday and 10pm to 5.30am between Thursday and Sunday, and on Bank Holidays.

Alcohol can be sold until half an hour before closing while drinking in an open-air area is allowed until 1am.

Cardiff council’s licensing sub- committee will meet at City Hall on Friday to review the licence with options from no action to modifying conditions, suspending the licence or revoking it altogether.

Mr Malacrino declined to comment when contacted yesterday and did not indicate whether he had made representations.

Incidents cited by police

* August 4 and August 25, 2012: Premises were found by police officers to be selling alcohol in glass vessels. Both these days were major events in Cardiff city centre and, as such, the premises were breaching a condition of their licence that stipulates alcohol can only be sold in non-glass vessels on these days.

* September 8, 2012: A fight inside the premises between two groups of young females resulted in two of them suffering injuries to the head and body due to being struck with stiletto-heeled shoes. One person received hospital treatment and the police made arrests.

* December 15, 2012: The premises sold alcohol to a 15 and a 16-year-old girl who were taking part in a police underage sale operation.

* March 16, 2013: While ejecting a male, a doorman was spat at in the face, he was twice kneed to the ground and had his ear bitten causing bleeding. The doorman asked Gianluca Malacrino to call the police but he refused. The doorman then went to the police station and made a complaint of assault.

* March 24, 2013: A racially aggravated section 47 assault on a doorman took place in the toilets of the premises.

* May 4, 2013: A male was assaulted by another male inside the premises. He was hit unconscious. He suffered a double fracture of the skull and currently has lost all hearing.

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