Man hit Garda on the head with beer bottle
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.