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Assaults on Emergency Services
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Garda hurt trying to calm dispute

A LISTOWEL garda suffered a fractured wrist and was threatened he would be stabbed after he tried to stop a young man from punching his father in the face during a domestic dispute, a court has heard.

John Dillon of 100 Feale Drive threatened to stab Garda David Murphy with a broken brush handle during the course of the altercation and he became so violent that the garda was forced to use pepper spray to subdue him.

Inspector Martin Mccarthy told the court that Garda Murphy was responding to a domestic incident at 3.30am on January 30 last, when he saw Mr Dillon and his father at the doorway of the kitchen. The defendant was seen striking his father twice in the face with his fist, before Garda Murphy intervened.

John Dillon then ran into the kitchen and picked up a brush, broke it over his knee and threatened he would stab Garda Murphy with it. Having warned he would use the pepper spray if Mr Dillon didn't calm down, Garda Murphy did so when Mr Dillon came towards him brandishing the broken brush handle.

After being sprayed, Mr Dillon dropped the brush but continued towards Garda Murphy with his hands raised. Both fell to the ground and Garda Murphy's right hand was injured. A medical report handed into court showed the garda's hand was fractured, resulting in him being out of work for a number of weeks.

Inspector Mccarthy told the court that Mr Dillon has previous convictions for public order offences, including disorderly conduct, assault and being drunk in public.

Defence solicitor Pat Enright said his client has since spent time in prison — as the incident pre-dated a sentence he received for another matter — and that all his trouble is linked to his addiction to drink.

He claimed that Mr Dillon did not go out to recklessly cause injury to Garda Murphy, but said that pepper spray had a 'dreadfully debilitating' effect on him and his co-ordination was compromised.

He added that Mr Dillon's parents have since got a safety order against their son and told the court that spending time in prison has had a sobering effect on his client.

After retiring to her chamber for some time to evaluate the medical report, Judge Mary O'halloran returned and imposed a four month prison term for the assault on Garda Murphy. He was also sentenced to two months in jail, to be served concurrently, for producing an article in the course of a dispute.

Woman who bit garda on hand is jailed

A YOUNG woman who bit into a garda's hand when she resisted arrest at a Luas stop has been jailed for three months.

Nikita Lynch (20) was under the influence of a cocktail of alcohol, crack cocaine and heroin when she became violent and bit the garda.

She was sentenced at Dublin District Court after she pleaded guilty to the assault.

Lynch, with an address at Canon Mooney Gardens, Ringsend, also admitted causing a breach of the peace in the incident at Abbey Street Lower on June 26, 2011.

The court heard gardai responded to a report of a public order disturbance at 4.15pm on the day in question.

Lynch was intoxicated and told a garda to "f*** off". He tried to arrest her as there were a lot of people present.

She struggled and resisted arrest, then bit him on the hand, causing a small laceration. The skin was broken but he did not take time off work or require stitches. Lynch was subsequently arrested on suspicion of assault causing harm and made "certain admissions".

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Directions were subsequently given to prosecute her for the lesser offence of common assault. The court heard she had six previous convictions for offences including four for assault causing harm and had been given suspended sentences.

Defence barrister Brian Storan said it was accepted that the incident was at "the higher end" of a common assault.

Lynch had expressed genuine remorse about what had happened. "She made very fulsome admissions and said she had been drinking and taking heroin and crack and didn't really remember the incident," he said. "She expressed her remorse to the extent that she broke down crying."

Judge Grainne Malone said she took a very serious view of the offence and remarked that the court had treated her leniently in the past for more serious assaults.

Garda's tooth is broken by teen's kick in the face

A TEENAGER broke a garda's tooth with a kick to the face when he reacted violently as they arrived at his house to question him about a stabbing, a court heard.

Patrick Lee (19) had been a "prime suspect" in the stabbing of another young man at a chipper when officers went to speak to him.

He did not initially realise they were gardai and put up a struggle in which he kicked an officer in the face, breaking one of his teeth and leaving him bleeding from the forehead.

He also spat in Garda Kevin O'Shaughnessy's eye, during the incident outside his home in Drimnagh.

Lee, of Dolphin Road, Drimnagh, had pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault causing harm to Garda O'Shaughnessy on June 30, 2010.

Convicting him, Judge Catherine Murphy adjourned the case for a suitability report from a restorative justice programme.

Dublin District Court heard he was no longer a suspect in the stabbing which the gardai had wanted to speak to him about.

Lee maintained he thought the two gardai were men who had come to kill him. The court heard there was a "background" to his actions, but Judge Murphy made an order prohibiting publication of the details.

The judge said she accepted Lee did not know the identity of the two gardai when they came to his house but found that he did commit the assault.

The court heard a man had been stabbed at a takeaway on Benbulben Road and gardai went to Dolphin Road to speak to the accused. Gardai O'Shaughnessy and Denis Nagle approached him and told him they were investigating the circumstances surrounding the stabbing, and a struggle ensued.

Lee's mother heard the noise and as she opened the front door, the two gardai and the accused fell inside.

Garda O'Shaughnessy restrained Lee's arms and Det Garda Nagle held the accused's legs. However, Lee managed to get a foot free, kicked Garda O'Shaughnessy in the face and spat in his eye.

Afterward, his forehead was swollen, cut and bleeding and a piece of his front tooth was missing. He had blurred vision for hours because of the spit.

Lee denied he either kicked or spat at the garda. He said he was being restrained face down and was not in a position to do so.

He said the gardai asked him "are you armed" and did not identify themselves before jumping on him. Lee maintained the only reason he struggled was that he feared for his safety and for his mother.

"I thought they were people coming to kill me", he said. "I was in fear for my life and my mother's life."

He said he only realised the officers' identities when uniformed gardai began arriving in patrol cars with sirens. He continued to struggle because of the way he was being handcuffed.

His mother Paula Lee said in evidence she did not know the two officers were gardai and she thought they were "dirty looking men".

"One of the guards shouted 'he's under arrest, he's after murdering someone around the corner", she said.

Defence barrister Leo Mulrooney argued that if force was used by Lee it was lawful as it was in self-defence.He was maintaining, however that the kick never happened.

The court heard the defendant had four previous convictions, including one for assault on a garda. His father had died in a fall from a roof when the accused was eight years old.

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Mum punched and kicked female garda

A MOTHER of two kicked a female garda in the stomach and punched another officer in the chest after she was taken to a garda station on foot of public order charges, a court heard.

Maggie Connors (26) was arrested for shouting abuse at gardai after they stopped a car in Tallaght.

Connors was driving but she tried to get into the back seat when she saw the gardai. Judge James McDonnell sentenced Connors to 18 months in prison but suspended it for three years. The judge also banned her from driving for 10 years.

The defendant, of Rossfield Gardens in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to public drunkenness, threatening and abusive behaviour and violent behaviour in a garda station.

Garda Sergeant Bernard Jones said gardai pulled over a car on Drumcairn Avenue around 1am on January 6 last.

Connors was driving the vehicle, but tried to climb into the back seat when she saw gardai. She was drunk and quite abusive to gardai.

UPBRINGING

Sgt Jones said Connors was taken to Tallaght station, and she kicked Garda Sarah Donaghy in the stomach and punched out at Garda Cathy Padden. Connors also admitted to driving without insurance and to two counts of theft from Centra in Killinarden and Lidl, Fortunestown Lane.

Sgt Jones said Connors entered the shops with three others, and while they distracted staff she took crates of beer.

The court heard the defendant has 126 previous convictions, including 12 for driving without insurance. Defence solicitor Padraig O'Donovan said Connors had a difficult upbringing, with no structure to her life.

He said she was one of 16 children and left school at nine years old, as she was needed to look after her younger siblings.

Mr O'Donovan said Connors was now working with the probation services and was learning to read and write.

I posted the above stories which have been taken from national press and only in the last four days. I really do see a trend of just Sec 2 assaults on Gardai. If it were any other member of society these would be Sec 3 assaults
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Wondering should this be in the public area where all such publicly reported assaults can be added and sentences?
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#4
Scum. Anybody who assaults ANY member of ANY service should be jailed.

The only exception in my opinion would be in the scenario of say, a fatality where judgement is clouded and certain emotions can lead to a lash out. This is an understandable reaction to such a scenario.

But anybody who assaults a member of any service for any other reason, such as those outlined above should be jailed. send out a message. Then again with the jokeshop sentences being handed out in this country, it's wishful thinking 13604
#5
It's a bad state of affairs when so many members are getting assaulted on duty. But yet there are members being directed to work on their own doing car, beat and bike patrols on their own
#6
If I find any more articles about assaults I will put them up.
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#7
A GARDA was seriously injured when she got "trapped" under a stolen 4x4 after being run over by a 15-year-old boy who drove straight at her, a court heard yesterday.

Garda Linda Bury and a colleague were dealing with an incident on Blackditch Road, in Ballyfermot, Dublin, last Halloween night when she was struck by a stolen vehicle.

She was freed by colleagues and taken to St James's Hospital to be treated for leg injuries.

The boy, now aged 16, had been charged at the Dublin Children's Court with driving the stolen 4x4, dangerous driving in a manner that "caused serious bodily harm" to Garda Bury and endangerment of life, in connection with the incident.

Judge Bryan Smyth ruled that the case was too serious to be heard in the Juvenile court. It was held that the teen should be tried in the Circuit Court, which can impose lengthier sentences.

Judge Smyth's decision to send the case to a higher court came after hearing an summary of the prosecution evidence.

Garda Sean White of Clondalkin station said a stolen 4x4 was being pursued in the Ballyfermot area.


FOOTPATH

In a separate incident, another garda car had already been rammed and gardai were injured.

He and Garda Bury had arrived at the scene when "the stolen jeep came up on the footpath and knocked Garda Bury down".

"She was trapped under the jeep," he said. He also told the judge that it was alleged that the boy, then aged 15, "drove directly at her and knocked her down".

She has not yet returned to work, the court also heard.

Defence solicitor Michelle Finan asked the judge to consider accepting jurisdiction.

She furnished the court with background welfare reports on the boy and asked the judge to take into consideration his age at the time, and his level of maturity.

Judge Smyth said: "It is a very serious matter, and I feel I should refuse jurisdiction."

The teenager was served with a book of evidence. He was remanded on continuing bail to later this month. The boy has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges.
Garda headbutted as she held drinker over assault in pub

A FOOTBALL coach who headbutted another pubgoer and left him with a split lip had earlier been attacked with a broken bottle and was dazed and concussed at the time, a court heard.

Michael Dardis (21) also grabbed and headbutted a female garda after she intervened in an altercation in a pub.

A court heard that the two victims suffered bruising to their faces and found it difficult to eat or drink for a number of days.

Dardis had €1,500 in compensation in court for the victims.

The defendant, of Holywell Crescent in Swords, admitted before Swords District Court to two counts of seriously assaulting Garda Karen Duffy and Paddy Delahunty.

The incident took place in the Old Boro Pub, Main Street, Swords at around 2am.

Garda David Smith said gardai were called to a large altercation. As they were dealing with that, a separate incident occurred in another part of the pub.

Garda Smith said Dardis headbutted Mr Delahunty in the face, leaving him with a cut lip and pain to the lower part of his face.

The garda said the defendant tried to run from the scene, and Garda Duffy tried to stop him. Dardis grabbed her and headbutted her in the lower part of her mouth.

The court heard that Garda Duffy suffered a burst lip, cut finger and bruising to ther face. Garda Smith said Dardis and the victims did not know each other.

Defence lawyer Brendan Foley said Dardis had no previous convictions.

Mr Foley said Dardis was also assaulted that night by another individual, and he suffered a laceration with a broken bottle.

Mr Foley said Dardis had €1,000 compensation in court for the garda and €500 for Mr Delahunty. Judge Grainne Malone adjourned the case for four weeks for a probation report
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Man struck garda in the back 'as a prank'

A DUBLIN man who struck a garda on duty in the back in an unprovoked, random assault is set to carry out community service to avoid a jail sentence.

James McKenna (27) "couldn't understand what came over him" when he hit the garda in a "prank" for no reason in the incident in Dublin city centre.

Judge Cormac Dunne remarked that the defendant had "indiscriminately and spontaneously" assaulted the garda. He adjourned the case for a community service report, recommending 80 hours instead of a three-month jail sentence if he is found suitable.

McKenna, with an address at Clanmahon Road, Donnycarney, was charged with assaulting Garda Padraig Keoghan at Temple Bar on December 20 last.

Dublin District Court heard the garda had not approached McKenna and was not dealing with him in any way when McKenna struck him.

McKenna had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and had no previous convictions.

Judge Dunne said he had to take into account the victim was a member of the gardai and was minding his own business. The incident had taken up a "significant amount of time from his working agenda" at a busy time. He said despite the fact that it was a first offence, a fine was not a sufficient penalty.

He remanded the defendant on continuing bail to April 4.
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#9
They should amend the non-fatal offences and create peace officer offence assaults. So there would be a common assault on a peace officer ( like section 2 assault) Then on assault causing harm to a peace officer and one assault causing serious harm to a peace officer. All with min sentences. If they can make the murder of a Garda a spefic offence (sec 3 CLA 1990) then why a can't the assaulst of a peace officer be spefic offences too.

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#10
Law is an ass....kick punch thumb headbutt a garda, spit in their face etc.... and get a suspended sentence.... you did that in america you would never see the outside of a prision for about 20years!!!

nearly wouldn't be worth making a complaint would it....

A burgler in the news this week got 175,000 for been run over... that happended a guard you be lucky to get a sent and get calls wondering when u returing to work!!!

#11
Three people from Ballina were before the district court on Tuesday for public order offences arising out of a brawl which broke out in a Ballina bar during a going away party.

Gardaí were notified of an incident on October 25 2011 at 12.45am in Emmet’s, Abbey Street, Ballina. At the scene, seven to eight people were outside the premises. Raymond Casey, Ardnaree, Ballina, was observed with no shirt on and he shouted that he was going to kill a person who was inside the bar. Gardaí directed Casey to leave; however he refused and kept running around, shouting at people inside.

Inside the bar, Gary Howley, 146 Greenhills Estate, Ballina, was observed being held back by other people. He shouted threats at those outside the bar and refused to leave the area. Howley charged at gardaí; however he fell to the ground. The defendant was threatening towards gardaí and resisted arrest.

While Howley was being arrested, Carol Lackey, 96 Greenhills Estate, Ballina, intervened. The defendant grabbed Garda Cuffe and slapped and scratched his face.

All defendants had been attending a going-away party for Howley’s brother that night. Casey got into an argument with another person and Howley tried to stop the fight; the brawl escalated from there.

Casey, a 20-year-old unemployed man, who has previous convictions, admitted that he was drunk that night. Lackey (24), a single mother of one, also admitted that she had too much to drink that night.

Judge Mary Devins asked that community service assessment reports be prepared that day for both Lackey and Casey. Both were found suitable and the judge convicted and sentenced Lackey to 75 hours community service in lieu of two months in prison. Casey was sentenced to 120 hours community service in lieu of three months in prison.

Twenty-eight-year-old Howley, who has previous convictions for public order, was convicted and fined €300 and sentenced to three months in prison.
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Garda headbutted as she held drinker over assault in pub

A FOOTBALL coach who headbutted another pubgoer and left him with a split lip had earlier been attacked with a broken bottle and was dazed and concussed at the time, a court heard.

Michael Dardis (21) also grabbed and headbutted a female garda after she intervened in an altercation in a pub.

A court heard that the two victims suffered bruising to their faces and found it difficult to eat or drink for a number of days.

Dardis had €1,500 in compensation in court for the victims.

The defendant, of Holywell Crescent in Swords, admitted before Swords District Court to two counts of seriously assaulting Garda Karen Duffy and Paddy Delahunty.

The incident took place in the Old Boro Pub, Main Street, Swords at around 2am.

Garda David Smith said gardai were called to a large altercation. As they were dealing with that, a separate incident occurred in another part of the pub.

Garda Smith said Dardis headbutted Mr Delahunty in the face, leaving him with a cut lip and pain to the lower part of his face.

The garda said the defendant tried to run from the scene, and Garda Duffy tried to stop him. Dardis grabbed her and headbutted her in the lower part of her mouth.

The court heard that Garda Duffy suffered a burst lip, cut finger and bruising to ther face. Garda Smith said Dardis and the victims did not know each other.

Defence lawyer Brendan Foley said Dardis had no previous convictions.

Mr Foley said Dardis was also assaulted that night by another individual, and he suffered a laceration with a broken bottle.

Mr Foley said Dardis had €1,000 compensation in court for the garda and €500 for Mr Delahunty. Judge Grainne Malone adjourned the case for four weeks for a probation report
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Goulding was arrested at the Swords Road near Dublin Airport along with two of his associates from Mulhuddart and Clonsilla in west Dublin at 1.30pm, the Herald can reveal.

He remains in garda custody today and is expected to appear in court later.

He spent a fortnight on the run after he was 'freed' from officers when three associates pepper-sprayed and assaulted uniformed gardai who were monitoring his movements at Blanchardstown Hospital.

Goulding had been receiving treatment after he survived an assassination attempt in late January when he was shot up to six times as he sat in a car at Cherryfield View, Hartstown, west Dublin.

Gardai had planned to arrest him in relation to an outstanding warrant when he was 'freed' by his associates. Sources say that a woman played an "active part" in the mayhem which led to Goulding getting away.

It is understood that the gangster -- who had strong links to slain crimelords Eamon 'The Don' Dunne and Michael 'Micka' Kelly -- has been hiding out across the border since his dramatic escape.

Gardai are now probing whether he was back in the capital yesterday to target his former cronies who tried to murder him three weeks ago.

It is understood that Goulding, who originally comes from Whitechapel Grove, Clonsilla, was officially warned last year that there is an active threat on his life.

Along with his brother Daniel (27), David Goulding was a member of the notorious Westies mob who terrorised parts of west Dublin in the late 1990s.

When the mob imploded, the Goulding brothers linked up with the notorious Glennon brothers who were murdered as part of the gang warfare in 2005.

SENTENCES

After the deaths of the Glennons, David Goulding became very close to the crew which was led by murdered gangster Michael 'Micka' Kelly, who was nicknamed 'The Panda.'

Kelly regularly visited Goulding when he was serving various prison sentences and in 2005 'The Panda' was spotted by undercover gardai visiting the prisoner in Cloverhill Prison under a false name.

In February 2009, Goulding was jailed for three years for interfering with the principal prosecution witness in an attempted murder trial.

He tried to persuade Akef Alquasar not to give evidence in the trial of Darren Larkin, who had shot him in the head at the Blanchardstown Leisureplex in 2006.

At a court hearing in July 2010, it emerged that on the day that murdered crime figure John Paul Joyce went missing, Joyce went to hand over a BMW car's logbook to David Goulding.

Mr Joyce's body was found on January 9, 2010, near Dublin Airport two days after he had last been seen.

During the hearing at Dublin District Court, Goulding's partner Karen Duffy claimed Joyce sold the Northern Ireland-registered car to her and her partner David Goulding for €7,000 and they were the legal owners of the vehicle.

Ms Duffy said she and Goulding paid cash for the car, and she had the car keys and the logbook and was insured to drive it.

However the Court found that the State could keep the car while garda investigations were being carried out into the murder of John Paul Joyce.
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Silop,

Good thread. It is unfortunate that it will fill up quickly with daily assaults on members.

Doubt this will make it into the sunday papers though, as the average Mr & Mrs ( "sure the Guards are useless" ) would not want their full Irish breakfasts bothered on a Sunday morning with pages upon pages of Assaults on members.[/align]




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Ex-soldier bit and punched garda in A&E

A FORMER member of the armed forces who bit into a garda's arm and punched him in the face while he was violently resisting treatment at a hospital A&E has been jailed for six months.

Father-of-four Thomas McEvoy (53) was a patient at Tallaght Hospital when he injured the garda who was assisting nurses and fire brigade medics in dealing with him.

The accused, who is mobility-impaired, had been admitted for injuring himself in a fall at a funeral but refused treatment because he feared it would jeopardise a pioneering stem-cell procedure he was hoping to undergo in Britain.

Tallaght District Court heard staff at the same hospital had treated him when his leg was shattered in a road accident three years earlier.

McEvoy, with an address at Benbulbin Avenue, Drimnagh, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Garda Fiachra Molloy on September 23, 2010.

The court heard the garda had waited nine weeks before getting the all-clear from blood tests following the bite.

Sentencing the accused, Judge James McDonnell said he was taking into account the accused's medical condition but that the assault had been at the upper end of those dealt with at the District Court.

resuscitation

The prosecuting officer told the court he and Garda Molloy were called to the resuscitation room where nurses, security and Dublin Fire Brigade staff were attempting to move McEvoy from the ambulance trolley to a hospital bed.

He was intoxicated and being highly abusive to everyone, and the fire brigade staff were unable to go back to their duties until he left the trolley. The garda said the accused was warned he would be forcibly moved if he continued to refuse to co-operate.

When the gardai went to do this, he punched Garda Molloy in the face and bit his right forearm, breaking the skin.

Garda Molloy had to receive anti-tetanus and painkiller injections, provide blood samples and return to hospital three times.

The accused, who had no previous convictions, was formerly in the army before working as a self-employed driver.

He then suffered a smashed right femur when he was knocked off a motorbike in 2007, his barrister said.

The defendant had brought €500 to court to offer as a charity contribution. The accused was released on bail pending an appeal of the sentence.
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A MAN who was refused admission to a Dublin hospital tried to bite a garda, telling the officer he would "give him AIDS", a court heard.

Glen O'Sullivan also trashed a photocopier, put his fist through a window and went "off his head" in two episodes at the hospital on the same night and made other patients' visits "miserable", a judge said.

He returned to the A&E department within hours despite being arrested, charged and bailed.

He was given a three-month suspended sentence when he admitted criminal damage and breach of the peace at St James's Hospital in the south inner city.

O'Sullivan, of Old Kilmainham Road, Dublin, pleaded guilty to the offences, which happened on August 22, 2011.

Dublin District Court heard Garda Elaine Carolan went to the hospital following a call.

O'Sullivan was being restrained by security staff, was very aggressive and stated that he was "hearing voices in his head telling him to do things".

Punched

He had kicked and punched a photocopier while a nurse was using it and was aggressive towards members of the public and staff.

Later, Garda Liam Booth went to the hospital and escorted O'Sullivan out.

On his way out, O'Sullivan walked over to the speech therapy centre and punched his fist through the window.

"He tried to bite me, he said 'I'll give you Aids, I have Hepatitis C'," the garda said.

O'Sullivan had gone to the hospital on the night and "they refused to take him in", his solicitor Conor Ruane said. "It's agreed by gardai that he wasn't in his right frame of mind."

The court heard the defendant had since been put on medication and was "doing extremely well".

"I have to deal with this on the basis that he has damaged property and acted the maggot," Judge Patrick Clyne said.
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Quote:The accused, who is mobility-impaired, had been admitted for injuring himself in a fall at a funeral but refused treatment because he feared it would jeopardise a pioneering stem-cell procedure he was hoping to undergo in Britain.

What's the odds he was getting disability benefit.........and will continue to do so? 136
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#18
Mum accused of attacking four gardai

A MOTHER allegedly assaulted four gardai after they turned up at her home to speak to her son and his friend who were accused of stealing alcohol.

Harriet Monaghan (40) allegedly damaged a patrol car and the inside of a patrol van as well as wilfully obstructing a garda and assaulting three others at the incident in Finglas.

Gardai were at her home at Valeview Crescent in Finglas to speak to her son Stephen Stokes (19) and a friend James Sheehan (24) after they allegedly stole €75 worth of alcohol from Tesco.

It is alleged that Stokes pulled a kitchen knife on gardai when they turned up at his home.

Stokes appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with theft of alcohol at Tesco, Clearwater. He is also charged with resisting arrest and producing a knife capable of inflicting serious injury.

Criminal

Monaghan is facing two counts of criminal damage, on a patrol car and van, as well as wilfully obstructing Garda Ronan Farrelly, and assaulting him and gardai David McKenna, Sean Burke and Gavin Redmond.

The alleged incident took place at her house in Finglas on September 3.

Sheehan, of Old Balreask Wood in Navan, is charged with stealing €75 worth of alcohol from Tesco, Clearwater. He is also accused of resisting arrest at Valeview Crescent.

The court heard that the incident was caught on CCTV cameras.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan told the court that the DPP has directed summary disposal at the District Court.

Defence lawyer Diana Stuart asked for CCTV footage as well as statements.

Judge Anthony Halpin adjourned all matters for four weeks.

Defence solicitor Cliona Bambury was assigned on free legal aid.

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Teenager headbutted garda and spat at him

A TEENAGER headbutted a garda who stopped him from getting into an ambulance to see his friend, a court heard.

Ian Dent (19) was ordered to leave the scene of an incident in Dolphin's Barn but he refused to go and he became angry with officers.

A court heard that Dent headbutted a garda and spat at him during a roadside assault.

He had been attending a funeral earlier that day.

The defendant, of Stannaway Road in Crumlin, admitted before Dublin District Court to assaulting Garda Nathan Burke.

Dent also admitted to wilfully resisting arrest and to damaging a patrol car during an incident at Dolphin's Barn on April 29 last year.

Judge Catherine Murphy ordered Dent to work with the probation services and adjourned sentencing to a date in May.

The court heard that Garda Burke was trying to preserve a crime scene and would not allow Dent to get into an ambulance to see a friend. Dent was told by gardai to leave the area but refused.

The court heard Dent was fighting his alcohol problems.

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A MAN who broke a Garda's jaw in five places during a violent incident in Dundalk has walked from court after being given a suspended sentence.

Mark Gorman ( 27), pictured, whose address was given as 28 Marian Park, Dundalk, admitted a charge of assault causing harm to a Garda at Glenmore Park, Muirhevnamor, on September 11th 2004, during a public order incident .

Dundalk Circuit Court had been told how Gorman was one of a large number of youths who attacked Gardai who went into the estate in the early hours of the morning to investigate a report of a car being attacked.

After a Garda moved to arrest a young man, they were surrounded by a large crowd and Gorman squared up to an officer as his friends tried to get the arrested man off Gardai.

One Garda was hit in the face by Gorman and a second officer was also attacked by him and other people in the crowd.

The officer Gorman hit received 13 stitches to his face and it was discovered that his jaw had been broken in five places. He was off duty for a number of months and spent a year on light duties before coming back to full service.

The court heard how Gorman was released from a sentence in the UK in 2010 after he was jailed for assault with intent to cause grevious bodily harm. He also has previous convictions in Ireland for theft and assault causing harm. Barrister Jim Mccullough told Judge Gerry Griffin that Gorman hasn't come to the attention of the Gardai since he came back to Dundalk last year. A letter from Gorman was handed to the judge that outlined how he is 'deeply apologetic for the injuries he caused and how he has sought to enlighten himself to the detrimental effects he had on the Garda and his family'.

Gorman had ' worked hard to demonstrate his determination to change' and had taken classes in prison that included anger management.

Sentencing Gorman last Thursday, Judge Griffin said the gang that attacked Gardai were trying to turn the estate ' into a no-go area'. He said that in the 'middle of that violent disorder' a Garda's jaw was broken in five places and thankfully the officer is now back on duty.

The judge said he would take into account Gorman's guilty plea, the fact he hasn't come to attention since 2010, the letter of apology and the remorse he expressed.

He sentenced Gorman to four years, suspended for four years, on condition that he remain under probation supervision for two years.
He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster.

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