Man hit Garda on the head with beer bot­tle

Bray People - - News -

A BRAY res­i­dent who hit a garda on the head with a glass bot­tle while an­other garda ar­rested his sis­ter has avoided jail on he con­di­tion that he com­plete 240 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice.

Ray­mond Martin (24) of Kil­lar­ney Road, Bray pleaded guilty at Dublin Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court to as­sault caus­ing harm to Garda Thomas Dev­ereux and to be­ing drunk in a pub­lic place on April 13, 2007.

Martin has 11 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, in­clud­ing a num­ber of road traf­fic con­vic­tions. He has two chil­dren.

Judge Ruairi MacCabe handed down a one-year sen­tence, sus­pended as long has he does the re­quired amount of com­mu­nity ser­vice.

A med­i­cal re­port showed that Gda Dev­ereux was left with a large cut to the back of his head, which needed stitch­ing. He was also left with a vis­i­ble scar on his scalp and has had to grow his hair long to cover it.

Garda Ja­son O’Car­roll told pros­e­cut­ing coun­sel, Mr Roughan Banim BL, he was in the process of ar­rest­ing Martin’s sis­ter in Lough­lin­stown Park, Lough­lin­stown af­ter she had thrown a shoe at him and wit­nessed Martin hit Gda Dev­ereux on the back of the head with a beer bot­tle.

The garda added that he and his col­leagues en­coun­tered about 20 youths there who were shout­ing and drunk.

Garda O’Car­roll agreed that Martin had ‘al­ways pre­sented as a po­lite and re­spect­ful young man,’ and had co­op­er­ated with the garda in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Judge MacCabe said that the at­tack was ‘a cow­ardly and vi­o­lent as­sault on a garda who was go­ing about his busi­ness pro­vid­ing a ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.’

He said in his opin­ion Martin’s of­fence was one against the com­mu­nity and as such he wanted to give him an op­por­tu­nity to re­pay so­ci­ety for his wrong do­ing.

Judge MacCabe said he ac­cepted that Martin was a de­voted fa­ther to his young daugh­ters and was a punc­tual and re­li­able worker who had ‘en­coun­tered dif­fi­cul­ties’ in his child­hood.

Martin had been di­ag­nosed as a child with hav­ing learn­ing and be­havioural dif­fi­cul­ties and had at­tended a spe­cial school for chil­dren with such dis­abil­i­ties, the court heard.

He also had prob­lems with al­co­hol and drugs and had moved from Lough­lin­stown to Bray in an at­tempt to turn his life around.

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