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Dad sliced garda with a scraper, court told

A FATHER of three has been accused of lacerating a garda's face with a paint scraper in a standoff at his home that began when he reported that he had been assaulted by his wife.

Stephen Maher (29) allegedly attacked the garda with the tool after officers talked him out of throwing himself from the balcony of his third-floor flat.

Dublin District Court has heard the accused seemed to go "crazy" after officers arrived to investigate his complaint.

Maher, of Croftwood Crescent, Ballyfermot, pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to Garda Graham O'Neill at Islandbridge Court, South Circular Road, on July 22, 2012.

He also denied possession of a weapon and resisting arrest.

Garda Sean Gallagher said he was called to Maher's flat at 8.45am. Maher claimed that his wife Catherine had assaulted him in bed and thrown him out of the flat when she returned home after being arrested for being "drunk and disorderly".

Garda Gallagher said Mrs Maher denied the assault. She had refused to leave the flat, but the accused did not want their children to remain there and returned to the flat, where he became abusive, calling the gardai "p****s and c***s".

He refused to leave and locked himself on the balcony where he picked up the paint scraper, smacking the window with it and warning gardai he would "smash their heads in".

Garda Gallagher pepper-sprayed him after Maher allegedly lunged at Garda O'Neill.

Restrained

The accused was not hit fully, he said, and stumbled before climbing over the balcony wall and threatening to jump off.

Gardai asked him to return and he did, but allegedly lunged at Garda O'Neill, striking him on the chin with the paint scraper. Garda O'Neill struck the defendant on the arm with his baton and other gardai restrained him.

Judge William Hamill adjourned the case for a decision on Friday after Maher's defence argued it was a case of bad behaviour rather than criminal actions.

aphelan@herald.ie


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