Teen must sign let­ter of apol­ogy

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

A TEENAGER who head­but­ted a garda when he was be­ing ar­rested, leav­ing the garda out of work for two weeks, had his case fur­ther ad­journed to per­son­ally hand over a let­ter of apol­ogy to the gar­dai.

Gar­dai claim Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate stu­dent Danzel Browne (18) was part of a large group of eth­nic youths who had ar­ranged to meet up in Bal­brig­gan through so­cial me­dia for an al­ter­ca­tion.

When gar­dai ar­rived at the scene, Browne was one of a num­ber of youths who ran away and hid un­der a bush in a pri­vate gar­den. When Garda Dar­ren Tuffy went to ar­rest him, the de­fen­dant sprung up and head­but­ted the garda.

‘He was ag­gres­sive and at­tempted to evade ar­rest,’ said Gda Tuffy.

Gda Tuffy said his vi­sion was gone for a while and he had se­vere bruis­ing to his face as a re­sult of the as­sault which left him out of work for two weeks.

Brown, of Cardy Rock Cres­cent in Bal­brig­gan pleaded guilty at Swords District Court to as­sault­ing Gda Dar­ren Tuffy caus­ing him harm un­der Sec­tion 3 of the Non Fa­tal Of­fences Against the Per­son Act at West­brook Close in Bal­brig­gan on April 9th, 2016.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Pa­trick Jack­son said the teenager was out with his older sis­ter and her friends but was not part of the groups who had ar­ranged to meet for an al­ter­ca­tion.

‘He did run off and hide but didn’t mean to head­butt Gda Tuffy,’ said Mr Jack­son.

He said there is con­flict as there is no ev­i­dence on the de­fen­dant’s so­cial me­dia to show he was part of the group who had ar­ranged to meet up for the al­ter­ca­tion and his in­struc­tions are that the de­fen­dant was shop­ping with his sis­ter.

How­ever, Gda Tuffy said he was part of the group.

In sworn ev­i­dence the de­fen­dant told the court he was show­ing his sis­ter’s friend’s boyfriend around Bal­brig­gan af­ter he recorded mu­sic in a nearby mu­sic stu­dio and they saw a large group of peo­ple.

‘ The group started shout­ing at us and pulled weapons on us,’ the de­fen­dant said. He said the group shouted ‘run’ and he thought peo­ple were go­ing to hit them.

He ran and hid un­der a bush and claimed his head hit off Gda Tuffy’s nose when the garda lifted him up.

‘Peo­ple are al­ways com­ing to Bal­brig­gan look­ing for peo­ple to fight and it’s easy to get caught up in it when you are walk­ing past. I was in the stu­dio record­ing mu­sic and didn’t know about the or­gan­ised fight.’

Judge Der­mot Dempsey said ev­i­dence was given in court that the de­fen­dant wasn’t an in­no­cent party and was in­volved with one of the groups.

At Bal­brig­gan Court a pos­i­tive Pro­ba­tion Re­port and a let­ter of apol­ogy was handed into court.

How­ever, as the let­ter was un­signed by the de­fen­dant and not handed to the garda per­son­ally by the de­fen­dant Judge Dempsey ad­journed the case un­til May 25.

Mr Jack­son apol­o­gised on be­half of the de­fen­dant stat­ing it was not ‘ bad in­ten­tions’ that the let­ter wasn’t signed.

‘You bet­ter be bet­ter pre­pared or I won’t be go­ing with the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Pro­ba­tion Ser­vices,’ Judge Dempsey warned the de­fen­dant.

Bal­brig­gan Court.

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