Sunday 15 July 2018

Young man who spat blood at garda makes donation

A young man who spat blood at a female garda and door staff of a late bar had his case struck out after he made a charitable donation.

Bartosz Swieca (25) claimed his drink was spiked on the night, Swords District Court heard. He started to argue with the door staff of Empire Bar on Main Street in Swords in the early hours of the morning.

When Garda Amanda King arrived, he spat blood at her and failed to desist in his behaviour.

Gardai required further assistance to arrest him as he continued with his violent behaviour.

The defendant, of Wickford Hall in Swords pleaded guilty to being intoxicated, using threatening and abusive behaviour and refusing to comply with garda direction on Main Street in Swords on July 1st. He has no previous convictions.

The heard he had made contact with the arresting garda Amanda King to apologise for his behaviour. Defence solicitor Morgan Redmond said the 25-year-old doesn't drink much alcohol and is into fitness.

'It was completely out of character and he believes his drink was tampered with on the night. He lost control. It is not behaviour he would normally indulge in,' said Mr Redmond, handing in a reference from the defendant's former employer.

'You won't see this behaviour again and he is generally a good character,' Mr Redmond said, adding the defendant is anxious to avoid a conviction.

After €400 was handed over to the court, Judge Dermot Dempsey allocated the donation to Swords Men's Shed and struck the case out.

Fingal Independent