Saturday 20 January 2018

Suspended sentence for mother of one who bit garda trying to break up sisters’ fight

Sonya McLean

A MOTHER of one who bit a garda who was trying to break up a fight between herself and her sister has been given a two and half year suspended sentence.

Patience Ojebouvboh (33), of Greencastle Avenue, Coolock, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Garda Keith Branigan causing him harm at the Maxol Garage on Crumlin Road, Crumlin, on April 10, 2011.

Garda Darren Coller told Monika Leech BL, prosecuting, that he and Gda Branigan responded to a 999 call at 6am that morning and he and his colleague attempted to physically separate the women.

While Gda Branigan was moving Ojebouvboh away, she bit the garda’s finger causing him to bleed and his nail turn blue. He later received tetanus and other injections and blood tests were conducted to check for infectious disease.

He had to return to St James’s Hospital the next day after his finger became infected. He was put on a course of antibiotics and was off work for a week.

Gda Coller said the tests later came back negative. A victim impact report before the court indicated that Gda Branigan was anxious in the weeks preceding the results that he may have contracted a disease.

Ojebouvboh made no admissions to assaulting Gda Branigan in a subsequent interview with gardai but accepted she had been fighting with her sister.

She has no previous convictions and has not come to garda attention since.

Gda Coller agreed with Garrett McCormack BL, defending, that Ojebouvboh did apologise in the squad car for biting the garda and tried to reassure the garda that she had no diseases.

She said she had recently been tested when she was getting treatment for an infection in her arm.

Gda Coller further accepted that Ojebouvboh was heavily intoxicated on the night.

Mr McCormack told Judge Patricia Ryan that his client was married to an Irish taxi driver but they have recently separated.

She has a seven-year-old son and has been living in Ireland for the last nine years.

Judge Ryan took into account Ojebouvboh’s lack of previous convictions but said it was a violent offence that had caused Gda Branigan anxiety and worry.

She sentenced her to two and half years which she suspended in full on strict conditions including that she keep the peace and be of good behaviour for that time.

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