Saturday 22 October 2016

Trinity graduate who knocked bouncer's teeth out and punched garda in the mouth to be sentenced

Conor Gallagher

Published 24/02/2016 | 16:51

The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin
The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin

A Trinity Law School graduate who knocked a bouncer's teeth out after being refused entry to a nightclub and later punched a garda in the mouth is to be sentenced later.

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Niall McGlynn (30) also faces sentence for robbery of a bookmakers during which he was thrown out and held by staff until gardaí arrived.

McGlynn of Castlefarm, Swords, Co Dublin pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and one count of assault causing harm in Dublin city centre and in Pearse Street Garda Station on January 27, 2014. He also pleaded guilty to robbery at Paddy Power in Swords on June 12, 2015.

Judge Yvonne O'Connor adjourned the case at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to March 16 when she will finalise sentence.

Prosecuting counsel Marie Torrens BL told the court that McGlynn and another man were very drunk when they went to the Czech Inn in Temple Bar, Dublin. The bouncer refused them entry because of their condition.

McGlynn became aggressive and was told by the bouncer to “chill out”. McGlynn then punched the victim in the mouth. The bouncer fell back into the doorway and could feel that his teeth were broken.

Another bouncer from the pub across the road witnessed the attack and chased after McGlynn. At one stage the bouncer was given a lift from a bin lorry in his pursuit of the accused.

He caught up to McGlynn on Ormond Quay but the accused punched him and escaped. When gardaí eventually caught McGlynn on North King Street he was very aggressive.

He kicked out at gardaí when put in the back of the patrol car and gardaí pepper sprayed him. When he got to the station he appeared to calm down but when officers removed his handcuffs he punched Garda Brian Cleary to the face.

The court heard that the following year McGlynn, who has a serious gambling addiction, went into his local Paddy Power. A staff member told him he couldn't serve McGlynn because he had been barred the previous week.

McGlynn said he didn't want to be served and jumped up on the counter shouting “I want the money”. He grabbed some notes but then fell off the counter, scattering the cash.

He got up and tried to grab the cash but staff were pushing him away. A staff member grabbed him and threw him out of the bookies with some force. McGlynn was held there until gardaí arrived.

Defence counsel Maddie Grant BL said McGlynn had a law degree from Trinity College but never practised as a lawyer.

She said he had a gambling and substance abuse problem but had remained out of trouble since the bookies incident.

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