A TEENAGER who spat blood into a garda's face in what has been described as a 'despicable act' has been sentenced to three months in prison.
Alla Ahmad (19) was arrested after he became involved in an altercation with other youths at Airside Retail Park in Swords, Co Dublin.
He received a cut lip during the altercation and while in Swords Garda Station he became aggressive and spat blood into Sergeant Anthony McNulty's face and mouth, leaving Sgt McNulty having to take a course of HIV anti-viral tablets.
Ahmad of Grange Road in Baldoyle, Dublin 13 pleaded guilty before Swords District Court to being intoxicated and using threatening and abusive behaviour at Airside Retail Park in Swords on June 19th. He further pleaded guilty to assaulting Sgt Anthony McNulty at Swords Garda Station on the same date.
Sgt McNulty gave evidence that he received a call at 2.55am that an altercation was taking place at Airside Retail Park. He said Ahmad was 'intoxicated and highly aggressive.'
When Ahmad was arrested and brought to the garda station, he spat blood from a cut upper lip, into the face and mouth of Sgt McNulty.
Sgt McNulty said he sought medical advice and was put on a course of HIV anti-viral tablets for several days and was unable to work. He said Ahmad had provided a clear blood sample when he had sobered up.
Defence solicitor John Hennessy said the full-time student who is studying mechanical engineering and has applied to be a reserve in the Irish Defence Forces, has given Sgt McNulty a face-to-face apology.
'It was a once-off incident and he sincerely regrets what happened,' said Mr Hennessy.
Judge Dermot Dempsey said Ahmad 'doesn't have much of a future if he carries on like this'.
'It is a despicable act and to put a garda through that worry,' said Judge Dempsey. 'I have to send out a message that something like this will not be tolerated. Being drunk might be the reason but it's not an excuse.'
He sentenced Ahmad to three months in prison for assaulting Sgt McNulty, convicted and fined him a total of €200 for the public order offences. Judge Dempsey fixed recognisance in the event of an appeal.