Published 06/11/2012 | 10:09
A LATVIAN man who assaulted a garda during a domestic incident was given a six month suspended sentence at Swords District Court .
Reinis Klavins (32), Thornleigh Row, Applewood, Swords pleaded guilty to the offence which occurred during a very heated row with his partner at their home on August 19. Imposing the suspended sentence, Judge Dermot Dempsey said that he was taking the defendant's guilty plea and his previous good character into account. Judge Dempsey told Mr Klavins that his sentence will remain suspended provided he keeps the peace and is of good behaviour for two years. Garda Leonard Clarke told the court that he was called to a domestic incident at Thornleigh Row and when he arrived, the defendant's partner was in the foyer of the building and stated that Mr Klavins had been drinking. She said he became violent and had punched holes through the apartment walls. Garda Clarke said that he and another member escorted the woman back to her apartment to get clothes and baby food. They found the defendant in a very drunk state in the bedroom. He started shouting at his partner again and then picked up a paint stripper that he was using to fix the holes in the walls. He then ' brandished' the implement at Gda Clarke and 'made a move to attack' him. Mr Joseph Coonan, solicitor for Mr Klavins, said that his client was under serious finanical strain at the time. The ' highly charged' domestic situation was a one-off incident and not a reflection of a ' lifetime of good behaviour'. Mr Klavins, he added, admitted his involvement and his fault and apologised to the gardai.