Monday 19 March 2018

Stab victim spat blood at garda

Balbriggan Garda Station
Balbriggan Garda Station

Nicola Donnelly

A victim of a stabbing who became abusive towards gardai and spat blood into a garda's mouth shouting 'I have AIDS' has been sentenced to two months in prison.

Paul Goffrock (24), who was stabbed in the leg following an alleged domestic incident, became aggressive and launched himself off a couch at Garda Campbell Brennan.

While Gda Brennan was attempting to speak to him, the defendant, who had blood on his face, spat into the garda's mouth.

The garda had to receive a course of antibiotics and was off work for two weeks as a result.

The defendant continued with his violent behaviour towards gardai and medical personnel at Balbriggan Garda Station.

Refusing medical assistance, he again informed gardai he has AIDS.

He only calmed down at the garda station after he spoke to his parents.

The defendant, of Lambourne Road, Clonsilla, Dublin 15 pleaded guilty to assaulting Gda Brennan at Bremore Pastures Way in Balbriggan and violent disorder at Balbriggan Garda Station on January 10, 2016.

Garda Colin Fitzpatrick told Swords District Court gardai were called to the house following an alleged domestic violence incident.

The defendant had a stab wound to his leg and started shouting abuse towards gardai after gardai removed two young children from the house as they felt it was not a safe environment for them to be in.

When he was arrested, the jailer at Balbriggan Garda Station was unable to enter details in the custody record due to the defendant erratic behaviour while ambulance personnel had to wear specialised clothing while attending to the defendant in the cell.

He then attempted to spit blood at Gda Fitzpatrick.

A sample of the defendant's blood was taken which proved negative for HIV and Hepatitis, the court heard.

After the defendant's solicitor asked Judge Dermot Dempsey would he consider allowing the defendant engage with the Probation Services, Judge Dempsey said he was already given the opportunity but moved addresses so did not receive his appointment notifications.

'He was someone with a stab wound running amok,' remarked Judge Dempsey.

The solicitor said the defendant's behaviour arose out of a domestic incident and 'tempers were flared.'

'There was a break down in the relationship and it went further than it should have. It was a terrible thing for the garda to encounter but the clock can't be turned back,' the solicitor said.

After the solicitor said the defendant had apologised to Gda Brennan, Gda Fitzpatrick said no apology was ever given.

Judge Dempsey imposed a two month sentence for the assault charge and said he won't consider suspending any part of it.

Fingal Independent