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Man spat blood at garda and bit another officer's finger while in patrol car

Eimear Cotter

Published 04/09/2014 | 11:01

A garda car (stock image)
A garda car (stock image)

A YOUNG man spat blood in a garda's face as he was driving him to a garda station, a court heard.

Myles Byrne (23) also bit an officer's finger after he tried to pull the defendant's t-shirt over his face to prevent him from spitting.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the matter to allow another judge consider the activation of a suspended sentence.

The defendant, of Ravenscourt in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to assaulting Garda Patrick Doran and Garda Sean Kelly.

He also admitted to criminal damage at the family home in Finglas on October 19, 2013.

Garda Sean Murphy said gardai were called to the defendant's home shortly after 11pm.

His mother said that her son was aggressive and had smashed a picture frame with a sweeping brush.

The court heard the defendant's mother asked gardai to remove Byrne from the house.

Gda Murphy said he went upstairs to speak to Byrne, who had locked himself into a bedroom.

He said the defendant refused to unlock the door, so his mother gave gardai permission to break into the room.

The court heard Byrne was aggressive and abusive to gardai, and refused to leave the house.

He was forcibly taken from the house by gardai.

Gda Murphy said that Byrne had blood in his mouth, and on the way to the garda station he threatened to spit blood at Gda Doran.

Gda Doran went to pull Byrne's t-shirt over his head to prevent him from spitting, and the defendant bit the garda on the finger.

Gda Murphy said Gda Doran screamed and Gda Kelly, who was driving the patrol car, immediately stopped the vehicle.

Byrne then spat blood in Gda Kelly's face.

Gda Murphy said Byrne did not break the skin on Gda Doran's finger.

The court heard the defendant has 43 previous convictions.

Herald

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