A CONSULTANT psychiatrist who bit two garda officers and a bouncer outside a pub while on a work night out has claimed his drink was spiked.
Dr Seamus O'Flaithbheartaigh (51), of Annacotty, Co Limerick, avoided a criminal conviction and had assault charges dismissed at Limerick District Court.
He was seen by gardai to be in an irate and agitated state while being restrained by a number of men outside Nancy Blake's bar in Denmark Street, Limerick, on July 7 last year.
When Gda Jamie Rigney and Gda Margaret O'Brien approached him, he bit them and a bouncer who was trying to help them.
He was arrested and charged with assault.
Barrister Michael Collins told Judge Aeneas McCarthy that Dr O'Flaithbheartaigh was apologetic and "remains convinced his drink was spiked".
He said the offences were a source of considerable embarrassment to the defendant and his family.
He told the judge that any criminal conviction would prevent him from returning to the US where he had been based for 12 years.
Dr O'Flaithbheartaigh, a married father of three with no previous convictions, has worked in Limerick with the HSE since 2007.
Judge McCarthy said he accepted the assaults were not the defendant's normal behaviour, and said he was taking into consideration the implications of a conviction.
He dismissed all charges, applied the probation act and no conviction was recorded.