A Lithuanian man who bit two gardai who were trying to arrest him for dealing heroin in Dublin city centre has been given a suspended sentence on condition he gets a flight back to his own country on Sunday.
Lawyers for Waterford resident, Zilvinas Antanovas (27), said that he was duped into coming here from Lithuania by eastern European gangsters who took his passport and forced him to start dealing.
Garda Gerard Reddy said he didn't accept this explanation.
Antanovas, of Johnston Bridge Apartments, Johnstown, Waterford city pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of heroin at Exchange Street Lower, Dublin on January 18, 2014.
He also pleaded guilty to assaulting two gardai causing them harm and possession of a synthetic alternative to cocaine also known as M-CAT or Mephedrone, during the same incident. Judge Mary Ellen Ring imposed a two and half year sentence to date from the time Antanovas went into custody last January.
She suspended the balance of the sentence on condition that he is picked up from Mountjoy prison on Sunday by gardai and driven to the airport. Judge Ring ordered that he may not return to Ireland for five years.
Gda Reddy told the court that he and Garda Cian Fleming approached Antanovas on suspicion of drug dealing and found a €305 worth of heroin on him. He threw away a plastic bag containing an amount of M-CAT drug worth €300.
Antanovas violently resisted arrest, biting one garda on his hand and another on his arm and spitting at them. They had to use pepper spray to incapacitate him, Gda Reddy said.
Antanovas has two previous convictions.