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'Good Samaritan' to have case struck out

Published 11/09/2012 | 17:10

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A 'GOOD Samaritan' who went to the aid of a shop attendant and ended up striking a man is to have his case struck out if he comes up with a charitable donation.

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Colm Maguire of Belmont Park, Raheny pleaded guilty at Swords District Court last week to striking another man at Texaco Filling Station at Pinnock Hill, Swords on August 11th, 2012 at 4.35am. Garda Margaret Coyle told the court that Maguire had another man in a headlock and was striking the man. The other man was also striking Maguire. Garda Coyle agreed with Maguire's solicitor Valerie Buckley that he was extremely co-operative and apologetic. ' The incident arose when Mr Maguire entered the filling station and another man was giving the shop attendant verbal abuse,' said Ms Buckley. Maguire, who has no previous convictions, got involved and tried to stop the customer abusing the attendant. 'Mr Maguire was the one who was hit first,' said Ms Buckley. Gda Coyle agreed with Ms Buckley that Maguire was 'a good Samaritan who was coming to the aid of the attendant'. The 29-year-old, who has one child, is a sales representative for O2 and has been confined to the office because of the arm injury he received in the incident. 'He is willing to make a contribution to charity and he is very apologetic and it should not have happened,' Ms Buckley told the court. Judge Dermot Dempsey said he would strike out the charge if Maguire donates €200 to the local St Vincent de Paul charity within seven days.

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