Saturday 20 January 2018

Man sliced dentist's hand and told him pay to 'protection money' in 10 days or leave Ireland, court told

Man sliced dentist's hand and told him pay to 'protection money' or leave Ireland, court told
Man sliced dentist's hand and told him pay to 'protection money' or leave Ireland, court told

Aoife Nic Ardghail

A Georgian business owner showed up at a Romanian dentist's surgery and warned him he had ten days to leave Ireland or pay protection money, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has heard.

Detective Garda Niamh Coates revealed that Archili Mindadze (40) and a co-accused asked the dentist: “Who is your roof?”, meaning who did he pay protection money to.

Mindadze sliced the dentist's hand and struck him in the face as he and the co-accused, who has since fled the country, questioned him about protection money.

Mindadze, a father-of-one of Griffith Hall, Griffith Avenue, Dublin pleaded guilty to assaulting Iurii Borta causing him harm at Summerhill Parade, Dublin 1 on October 1, 2012.

Mindadze has 14 previous convictions, including dangerous driving and a 2008 theft.

Det Gda Coates told Fiona Murphy BL, prosecuting, that Mr Borta's sister came into the surgery during the altercation and saw the dentist bleeding.

Mindadze and his co-accused warned they would “never leave this place” if they called the police and gave Mr Borta ten days to leave Ireland or pay protection money.

Mr Borta immediately reported the attack to gardaí, who arrested Mindadze and his co-accused when they returned on October 12, 2012.

Det Gda Coates said colleagues recovered a knife similar to the one used in the attack in Mindadze's kitchen.

She revealed the knife, which she produced in court, had DNA on it matching the injured party.

During interview Mindadze accepted he had been present with his co-accused at the surgery, but denied he had used a knife or force against the dentist.

A victim impact statement was read to the court, as Mr Borta did not wish to be present. The dentist wrote that he suffered scarring and numbness on his left hand. He said he sometimes got nervous and anxious for no reason, but that “time has healed that a bit”.

Det Gda Coates accepted when Marc Thompson BL, defending, put it to her that Mindadze had claimed the co-accused's partner had received “substandard” dental treatment at Mr Borta's surgery.

The woman suffered infection as a result and Mindadze said he had gone with the co-accused to deal with the issue.

The detective agreed that Mindadze's guilty plea had been of assistance.

Mr Thompson submitted to Judge Sarah Berkeley that it was not disputed that the co-accused's partner had received treatment at the surgery.

He asked the judge to take into account that Mindadze fully accepted his role in the knife assault.

He said his client had been involved in Georgia's “war of independence” and had suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after sustaining injuries while working as body guard in the police.

Counsel said there were no documents to support this as Mindadze was closed about his past, but submitted the father-of-one had a PTSD diagnosis and was on medication.

Mr Thompson said his client had owned The Georgian BBQ House on Talbot Street, but that there was no documentation to support this either. He asked the judge to approach the case in a lenient fashion.

Judge Sarah Berkeley commented: “We don't know a lot about him.”

She ordered a Probation and Welfare Services Report and remanded Mindadze in custody to November pending sentence, warning that there would be a prison sentence.

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