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Sunday 20 January 2019

Garda suffers suspected broken jaw as man tries to flee court

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Ralph Riegel

A GARDA was hospitalised after being injured while attempting to restrain a man who tried to run out of a Cork district court hearing.

The garda, assisted by two colleagues, had to restrain a 40-year-old man who suddenly attempted to run from Macroom District Court during a traffic case.

It is understood the garda suffered an injury to his face.

He was taken to Cork University Hospital (CUH) for assessment amid fears he may have suffered a broken jaw.

The man had been detained by gardaí at a routine checkpoint outside Ballinhassig, Co Cork on Tuesday.

He appeared before Judge Mary Dorgan yesterday at Macroom in relation to the checkpoint issue.

Gardaí were also seeking to verify both the man's identity and address and will consult with Interpol.

However, just as the remand and bail issue was being discussed, the man suddenly attempted to run from the court.

The man, who is not an Irish national, was successfully restrained by gardaí before he could exit the courthouse.

He was then remanded in ongoing custody.

The man will appear before Bandon District Court on Friday.

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