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Assaults on Emergency Services - Part 2
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Cell tussle led to garda hand injury

Andrew Phelan – 21 May 2013 02:30 PM

A YOUNG man injured a garda's thumb during a tussle in a cell after being arrested over a public order incident.

Thomas O'Connor (26) is alleged to have spat at and lashed out at the garda before seizing his thumb.

O'Connor, of Foxborough Avenue, Lucan, is charged with violent behaviour and assault causing harm to Garda David Coughlan at Clondalkin Garda Station on January 14, 2013.



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He is also charged with common assault on Garda Colm Byrne in the same incident.

The accused is further charged with causing a breach of the peace at Kilmahuddrick Road, Clondalkin, on the same date.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the garda was unfit for duty for several weeks afterwards, but had since recovered and was back at work.

Judge McHugh accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case at District Court level. He adjourned it until June 13.
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Pub brawler spat in garda's face

Eimear Cotter – 31 May 2013 02:30 PM

THIS is the reveller who twice spat at gardai after they were called to a brawl outside a Dublin pub.

Patrick Lynch (38) also put his feet through the back window of a patrol car.

A court heard that officers were forced to use pepper spray and an asp baton to subdue and arrest Lynch.

Judge David McHugh adjourned sentencing for three weeks.

The defendant, of Nutgrove Crescent in Rathfarnham, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court two counts of assaulting Garda Richard Finan and Garda Ciara Scully.

He also admitted threatening and abusive behaviour and damaging the rear window of a patrol car during the same incident at the White House, North Road in Finglas on October 18.

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Gda Finan was on mobile patrol when he was called to a large-scale public order incident outside the White House pub.

Gda Finan said he saw two men fighting outside. When he went over to them, Lynch swung a punch at him and spat in his face.

The garda was forced to use his baton and pepper spray to subdue Lynch, and placed him in the back of a patrol car.

The court heard that Lynch lay down on the back seat, lifted up his feet and put them through the back window, smashing the glass.

Lynch was taken out of the patrol car, and again spat in Gda Finan's face. He also spat at Gda Scully.

He was then placed on the ground while officers waited for the patrol van to arrive.

Defence solicitor Orla Farrell asked for the matter to be adjourned.
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Sligo man jailed for assaulting garda sergeant

Updated: 16:22, Thursday, 06 June 2013

Patrick Irwin of St Joseph's Terrace, Sligo, was sentenced to a further three years in prison
A Sligo man, who is currently serving seven years in prison for possession of cocaine, has been jailed for a further three years for assaulting a garda sergeant.

Sergeant Brian Lee suffered a fractured jaw and abrasions to his head, body and legs in the course of the assault by 31-year-old Patrick Irwin of St Joseph's Terrace, Sligo.

Irwin was on High Court bail in relation to the drugs offence when the assault took place on 29 May, 2010.

Sgt Lee had stopped Irwin, who was driving at between 112km/h and 120km/h with his young son in the car, at 7am at Rathrippon, Collooney.

He told the garda that it was none of his business what he was doing at that early hour. As Sgt Lee began a search of the car, Irwin repeatedly punched him.

In the course of the search, Sgt Lee found €1,550 in cash, two mobile phones and plastic wrapping with powder in it.

The court heard that Irwin kept trying to wrest the package from Sgt Lee's hand, but it was never determined what the substance was as it was lost during the melee.
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Teen knocked Garda down flight of stairs while resisting drug search

Tom Tuite – 07 June 2013

A DUBLIN youth, who knocked a garda down a flight of stairs while resisting a drug search, has been remanded on bail pending sentencing.

The 17-year-old has admitted obstructing a garda, breach of the peace and possessing an amount of cannabis for his own use, near his north Dublin home, on June 30 last year.

He has also pleaded guilty to unlawfully getting into a vehicle at Carnew Street, Dublin 7 on August 21 last.

The Dublin Children's Court had heard that he said “I'll fucking destroy you” when he was about to be searched by Garda John Morrison. The two rolled down a flat complex stairwell and the garda's radio was ripped from him.

The teenager is currently awaiting sentencing in the Circuit Court in relation to a serious assault and that case is to be finalised in July.

The juvenile court has already heard that the boy had “huge emotional problems” and had also been placed by the HSE in a special care facility for a period.

Defence solicitor Gareth Noble said the youth's has continued to co-operate with the Probation Service and that will help reduce the risk of him re-offending.

Judge John O'Connor ordered the boy, who was accompanied to his hearing by his mother, to appear again next month. He said the youth had to show commitment and “it is very much in his hands as to what is going to happen”.
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from http://www.facebook.com/irishcoastguard Coast Guard jeep attached to Crosshaven station was attached last night in Cork city attending a drowning incident, sadly casualty is now deceased.

First incident I've heard of CG being attacked, sadly it was inevitable it was going to happen at some stage esp with weather.
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(10-06-2013, 01:36 PM)Sporty Wrote: from http://www.facebook.com/irishcoastguard Coast Guard jeep attached to Crosshaven station was attached last night in Cork city attending a drowning incident, sadly casualty is now deceased.

First incident I've heard of CG being attacked, sadly it was inevitable it was going to happen at some stage esp with weather.

I don't agree with anyone attacking ES vehicles. There is a local search and rescue unit in limerick that had eggs and rocks thrown at their vehicles on a training exercise before, their 4X4 looks like a traffic jeep. They even drive around with the cruise lights on. Some of the CG vehicles look very similar to AGS vehicles especially to drunk gougers. Perhaps they should go for a totally different colour scheme [Image: a8ury3yv.jpg][Image: 7anasyze.jpg]
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I wonder if the attack contributed to the death in any way?
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#9
Agree the can resemble Garda but blue side markings are now all yellow/ orange and uniform is bright orange. Anything with a blue light is going to attract wrong kind of attention. None of the stations have cars alll jeeps or vans.
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Dad sliced garda with a scraper, court told

Andrew Phelan – 21 June 2013 02:30 PM

A FATHER of three has been accused of lacerating a garda's face with a paint scraper in a standoff at his home that began when he reported that he had been assaulted by his wife.

Stephen Maher (29) allegedly attacked the garda with the tool after officers talked him out of throwing himself from the balcony of his third-floor flat.

Dublin District Court has heard the accused seemed to go "crazy" after officers arrived to investigate his complaint.

Maher, of Croftwood Crescent, Ballyfermot, pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to Garda Graham O'Neill at Islandbridge Court, South Circular Road, on July 22, 2012.

He also denied possession of a weapon and resisting arrest.

Garda Sean Gallagher said he was called to Maher's flat at 8.45am. Maher claimed that his wife Catherine had assaulted him in bed and thrown him out of the flat when she returned home after being arrested for being "drunk and disorderly".

Garda Gallagher said Mrs Maher denied the assault. She had refused to leave the flat, but the accused did not want their children to remain there and returned to the flat, where he became abusive, calling the gardai "p****s and c***s".

He refused to leave and locked himself on the balcony where he picked up the paint scraper, smacking the window with it and warning gardai he would "smash their heads in".

Garda Gallagher pepper-sprayed him after Maher allegedly lunged at Garda O'Neill.

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The accused was not hit fully, he said, and stumbled before climbing over the balcony wall and threatening to jump off.

Gardai asked him to return and he did, but allegedly lunged at Garda O'Neill, striking him on the chin with the paint scraper. Garda O'Neill struck the defendant on the arm with his baton and other gardai restrained him.

Judge William Hamill adjourned the case for a decision on Friday after Maher's defence argued it was a case of bad behaviour rather than criminal actions.

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Man jailed after biting garda's face in car theft

Declan Brennan – 21 June 2013 02:30 PM

Gary O'Brien (24) attacked Garda Keith Arkins when the garda tried to arrest him as he was breaking into a car.

O'Brien of Rathmines Avenue, Rathmines, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Garda Arkins causing him harm in Rathmines on November 11, 2012.

He also pleaded guilty to criminal damage of a car during the same incident.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring imposed a three-year jail sentence.

Garda Laura Loftus told Cormac Quinn, prosecuting, that she and Garda Arkins moved in to arrest O'Brien and another man after they saw them smash the window of the parked car.

While the second garda was restraining him, O'Brien pulled a knife from his pocket.

Garda Arkins managed to gain control of the knife and forced O'Brien to drop it.

O'Brien then began to punch the garda to the side of his head and ribs before biting down the garda's left cheek and holding on to it.

Garda Arkins tried to prise O'Brien's mouth open but the attacker then bit down on the garda's fingers. He then bit his face again.

The court heard this lasted from three to five minutes before other gardai managed to restrain and arrest O'Brien.

The victim's face was bleeding and he suffered swelling and bruising to his cheek and head.

Burglary

He had to take anti-HIV medication and undergo blood tests for three months.

O'Brien has 42 previous convictions including assault of a peace officer, burglary, criminal damage and burglary.

Garda Loftus agreed with Fiona Murphy, defending, that an apology by O'Brien offered to her for the attack on Garda Arkins days after was genuine.

Counsel said her client has a very serious alcohol abuse problem and was heavily intoxicated on the night.

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#12
He should be forced to wear a muzzle as well whenever in a public place.
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(10-06-2013, 07:55 PM)Sporty Wrote: Agree the can resemble Garda but blue side markings are now all yellow/ orange and uniform is bright orange. Anything with a blue light is going to attract wrong kind of attention. None of the stations have cars alll jeeps or vans.



Who drives the Mondeo? I see it around my way often enough, always think it's a Traffic car until I get closer.
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76-year-old assaulted Garda

Published: 23 June 2013


Judge Mary Larkin said gardai going about their duty should not have been subjected to the treatment they were

By Norma Prendiville
A 76-year-old Templeglantine man and father-of-15 was fined €1,500 at Abbeyfeale Court for assaulting a garda at his home in Rathcahill West in July 2011. Patrick Doherty Snr, was fined a further €1,000 for producing a breadknife, with which he threatened another garda, on the same occasion.


When the case came before Judge Mary Larkin last April, Mr Doherty denied the charges but was convicted as charged. It would be almost impossible not to impose a custodial sentence, the Judge said at the time but she ordered a probation report and said she had to take his age into account. The incidents occurred when gardai went to Mr Doherty’s home to execute an arrest warrant for his son Danny arising from a civil case involving a land dispute, which followed the death in 2004 of a Mr Edward Roche. Another of Mr Doherty’s sons, Conor, was jailed for three months for assaulting a Garda when they arrived in the Doherty home on July 27, 2011.

Solicitor Enda O’Connor, pleading for Patrick Doherty Snr last week, said it was “highly unlikely” his client would re-offend. Mr Doherty, he said, was 76, had been widowed for 10 years and was a hard worker.

“He is an honest individual who maintains a very simple lifestyle,” Mr O’Connor said. “I found him to be a very calm, relaxed individual.”

He was, he continued, aware that a custodial sentence was possible but asked that, in light of his age, and previous good record, it could be dealt with in some other way.

His client, he added, was a landowner but was not cash rich.

Imposing the fines, Judge Larkin said the Gardai were going about their duty and “should not have been subjected to the treatment they received.”

Recognisance with leave to appeal was fixed at Mr Doherty’s own surety of €900 and an independent surety of €500.
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Charge of assaulting a PSNI officer dismissed in Derry JSA case

A Derry man who was charged with assaulting a police officer after being stopped under section 24 of the Justice and Security Act (JSA) has had his charges dismissed after a judge ruled that the officer was not acting ‘in lawful execution of his duty.’

At Derry District Court, 51 year old Anthony Lancaster of 56, Circular Road appeared on a single charge of assaulting a PSNI Constable on 26 November 2011 in the Bogside area of the city.

Mr Lancaster pleaded not guilty to the charge which related to an incident when along with fellow Derry man Marvin Canning, both men were stopped at Westland Avenue by police officers under section 24 of the Justice and Security (JSA) (NI) Act 2007.

Mr Canning was one of three persons who successfully challenged the use of sections 21 and 24 of the JSA in the Court of Appeal on May 9 this year.

After submissions from his legal team that the PSNI had been acting illegally, District Judge Barney McElholm ruled there was no case to answer adding: “It was clear at the relevant time there was no Code of Practice in place. The Quality Law requirement therefore cannot be satisfied so the Constable was not acting in lawful execution of his duty.”

Mr Lancaster’s solicitor, Ciarán Shiels of Madden & Finucane said after court they welcomed the decision.
Its thought the implications of the ruling will have a wide-ranging effect on similar prosecutions currently before the Courts.
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A man who claimed to have a grenade and threatened to kill three gardai with it before assaulting them has received an eight year jail sentence.

Alan Hutch (30) was on bail for separate offences including a violent robbery and dangerous driving when he assaulted the gardai last November.

He was also serving a suspended sentence of four years for robbery and assaulting a garda in 2009.

Hutch of Sherrard Street Lower, Dublin 1 pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery on Drumcondra Road on August 27th, 2012 and to assaulting Sgt Charlie Armstrong during the same incident.

He attempted to bite the garda after Sgt Armstrong arrested him for a robbery he had just committed on another man. Hutch was granted bail on August 28th last.

He also pleaded guilty to car theft, dangerous driving, and damaging a garda car during a high speed chase around north Dublin city on October 1st, 2012. He admitted escaping from lawful custody at the Mater Hospital on the same date.

The court heard that Hutch stole the BMW while the owner was at the boot of the car on Parnell Street. He then drove at speeds in excess of 135 km/h in built-up areas around the north city centre, breaking red lights, driving along the wrong side of the road and ramming garda patrol cars.

Hutch, who has 48 previous convictions, was arrested a week after escaping from custody in the Mater hospital. He was charged and granted bail on November 1st.

On November 12th he carried out an attempted robbery on the Ink World shop on Dorset Street.

Hutch pleaded guilty to production of a knife during an attempted robbery and attempted robbery at Dorset Street Lower on November 12th, 2012.

He also admitted to threating to kill the three gardai and to assault causing harm of Gda Ciaran Kavanagh and Gda Conor Mackey on the same occasion.

The owner of the shop, a Chinese man, ran from the shop and pulled the front shutters down, locking Hutch into the shop.

Gda Joe Gavin told Martina Baxter BL, prosecuting, that he and two other gardai went to the back office of the shop and saw that Hutch had a large kitchen knife.

He said that Hutch told them: “I will f**king kill youse if you don’t let me out of here”.

Hutch then came running at them and gardai pepper-sprayed him.

Gda Gavin said he was in fear for his safety and the safety of the other gardai and members of the public who had gathered outside the shop.

Hutch then told gardai he had a grenade in his pocket and that he was going to detonate it and “kill us all”. He put a knife to his neck and said he would kill himself.

Gardai managed to disarm Hutch eventually after he had bitten Gda Kavanagh and Gda Mackey.

Hutch also told gardai that he had been recently admitted into hospital after suffering a nervous breakdown. Sean Gillane, SC, defending, said his client had learning disabilities.

Judge Martin Nolan said that he gave Hutch a lenient sentence in 2010 with the expectation that he would reform himself. He said this obviously hasn’t happened.

He suspended the last 18 months of an eight year prison sentence on the condition that Hutch keep the peace and engage with the Probation Services for that period.

He also banned him from driving for a period of three years from the date of his release from prison.
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What a psycho, he should have never gotten bail at all.
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I'll spit in your face and give you Aids, drunk told garda

Andrew Phelan – 27 June 2013 02:30 PM

A DRUNK man who threatened to give Aids to a garda by spitting in his face when he was told to stop drinking cider in public has been given a five-month suspended sentence.

David O'Brien (35) also threatened to slit the officer's throat when he was being arrested in the incident in south inner city Dublin.

Judge Victor Blake suspended the sentence for a year and fined O'Brien €310 when he admitted public order offences at Dublin District Court.

O'Brien, of Marion Villas, Cork Street, pleaded guilty to charges of public intoxication, failing to obey garda directions and using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at Cornmarket, High Street, Dublin 8, at 8.15pm on May 19.

Garda Robert Barber said he approached the defendant and asked him to leave the area because he was drinking with a number of other men.

He stayed at the scene, drinking from a can of cider and when again told to leave, he told the garda to "f*** himself".

He then lunged at the garda, who had to forcibly take the can from him.

"He said he would kill me and spit in my face and give me Aids," Garda Barber said.

O'Brien was restrained and handcuffed, telling the garda when he got up he would slit the officer's throat.

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When arrested and taken to a garda station, he would not give any details for a half hour.

The court heard he had 22 previous convictions for offences including public order breaches.

The court heard the defendant was single and had problems with drugs in the past. He was now attending the Merchant's Quay project.

He apologised to the garda in court on the instructions of Judge Blake.
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Man fined €1,000 for biting garda's groin


Lee McDermott assaulted the garda while drunk.
Stephen Maguire – 13 July 2013

A MAN who bit a garda in his groin, breaking the skin, has been fined €1,000.

Lee McDermott admitted assaulting the garda while being drunk during a disturbance in Co Donegal.

The garda and some other officers had gone to the assistance of a young woman who was very drunk in the carpark of Eurospar in Buncrana on May 13 last year.

McDermott arrived on the scene and refused to leave.

Garda Inspector David Murphy told a previous sitting of Buncrana District Court: "He resisted arrest and bit the garda on the groin, causing a break to the skin."

"I spoke to him when he had been off on sick leave following the incident and he was certainly full of angst while he awaited test results. Thankfully there was no further physical damage," he said.

The adjourned court sitting was told McDermott (19) of Meenagorey, Buncrana, still had alcohol issues.

The money was offered to the injured garda but he said he did not want compensation.

The solicitor for McDermott said the money could be donated to a heart charity at the request of his client.

However, Judge Paul Kelly said he would like the cash to go to the Whiteoaks Treatment Centre in light of the defendant's history with alcohol.
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Former soldier jailed for injuring garda and damaging patrol car

Man acted like ‘wildcat’


Eric Boylan, formerly an Army signalman, was dragged from a squad car after he was caught vandalising the radio.

A former soldier in the Irish Defence Forces has been sentenced to four years in prison, after he violently resisted arrest leaving a garda with long- term injuries to her wrist.

Eric Boylan, formerly an Army signalman, was dragged from a squad car by Garda Keith Lambe after he was caught vandalising the Garda radio. He became engaged in a violent struggle during which he behaved like a “wildcat”, according to his defence.

Garda Martina Brant was injured when Boylan rolled on to her as she tried to pull his arm from under his body to handcuff him. She underwent surgery for tendon damage and is likely to lose 40 per cent mobility in her wrist.

Garda Lambe told Lisa Dempsey, prosecuting, that Garda Brant had been in and out of a cast since the night, had been on sick leave for 16 weeks and was effectively doing an administrative job as a result.

She had been unable to go back to working as a skydiving instructor, which had been a particular passion.


Violent behaviour
Boylan (26), Blakestown Road, Clonsilla, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting gardaí, criminal damage to a patrol car and a uniform and obstruction on Dame Street, on July 2nd, 2011. He also admitted violent behaviour in a Garda station.

He has previous convictions for public order and minor road traffic offences.

Garda Lambe agreed with Conor Devally SC, defending, that Boylan had acted like “a wildcat”. He was not aware that Boylan had believed that gardaí were trying to arrest his friend and that was why he got into the patrol car.


Under the influence
Garda Lambe said Boylan was not sober and was “under the influence of something other than the norm”.

Mr Devally said Boylan had discharged himself from the Army, was now in full-time employment and no longer abused alcohol or drugs.

Boylan brought €1,600 to court as a gesture of remorse, but Garda Brant said the money should go to charity.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring sentenced Boylan to four years in prison with the final 2½ years suspended.
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