Teen must sign letter of apology
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.