Part of garda's lip is 'ripped off' during unprovoked attack by 'mad man'
A 27-year old “behaved like a mad man” when carrying out an unprovoked and serious assault on an off-duty garda.
At Ennis District Court yesterday, Judge Aeneas McCarthy convicted Roy Mounsey of Castlerock, Ennis of assaulting Garda Shane Flanagan at Mounsey’s rented home in the early hours of May 31, 2015.
Garda Flanagan told the court that Mounsey “behaved like a mad man” during the attack.
Mounsey, who works as an aircraft mechanic in Shannon and had no previous convictions, denied the charge.
Garda Flanagan told the court Mounsey “just snapped and got extremely aggressive”.
He said that part of his upper lip “was ripped off” as a result of the surprise assault and he suffered a number of blows resulting in him having teeth loosened at the front of his mouth. He was later told by hospital doctors that he shouldn’t eat solid food for a month.
Garda Maeve Heilan was the first garda on the scene.
“It was clear to me that Mr Flanagan had been a victim of a serious assault,” she told the court. “There was a large chunk missing from the left side of his upper lip.”
Garda Flanagan suffered bruising to both eyes and swelling to the right-hand side of his jaw. In evidence, Garda Flanagan said he went back to Mounsey’s home after a local disco with a female friend who knew Mounsey.
Gda Flanagan said he didn’t know Mounsey before the night of the attack. He said that at the house, Mounsey asked him to go out the front door.
“I thought he wanted a cigarette. We went outside and as I was about to get out my lighter he punched me once or twice in the face,” Garda Flanagan said.
“He shouted for me to get up and as I got up, he came at me again and punched me again. I was in total shock and I shouted at him to stop.”
Gda Flanagan said that he left the home with the female friend and rang the gardai.
“I was in fear that this person would come after us and attack me again,” he said.
In evidence, Mounsey said he punched Shane Flanagan once in the face in self defence.
In convicting Mounsey, Judge McCarthy said the medical evidence shows there were a number of punches thrown. Mounsey was remanded on continuing bail for a pre-sentence probation report for court on November 23.