Thief bit security guard in 'moment of madness' as he stole from car on Intel campus
A thief bit a security guard's hand at an industrial estate after he was caught stealing from a parked car.
Edward O'Reilly (29) bit into the man's thumb, drawing blood, in the incident at the Intel campus in Co Kildare.
Father-of-two O'Reilly had become homeless at the time because his house had burned down, and he assaulted the man in a "moment of madness", Blanchardstown District Court heard.
Judge David McHugh ordered him to carry out 220 hours of community service instead of a five-month prison sentence.
O'Reilly pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to the security guard.
He also admitted stealing a catalytic converter and possession of a reciprocating saw for use in the course of a theft.
The court heard the incident happened at the private car park at Intel, Collinstown Industrial Estate, Leixlip, on August 8, 2013.
O'Reilly, of Fonthill Cottages, Clondalkin, was seen underneath a vehicle and fled with an electric power tool.
When he was held by the security guard, he bit him. Security personnel kept him at the industrial estate entrance until the gardai arrived.
He had no previous convictions for similar offences.
O'Reilly was unemployed and had no addiction issues, his barrister said. He accepted that biting the victim was "inexcusable", he added.
O'Reilly, whose house had burned down a couple of weeks before the incident, has since paid €900 compensation to the assault victim.
Judge McHugh said this "just about means he will escape an outright prison sentence".