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Dumped lover tried to attack woman garda

A JILTED lover who had difficulty accepting his ex-girlfriend didn't want anything more to do with him pushed his way into her home and tried to headbutt a woman officer as gardai were called, a court heard.

Aonghus McCann (34) also tried to bite a second garda as he was being arrested.

He apologised for his behaviour, saying he was not normally violent but had difficulty accepting that his relationship was over.

A judge sentenced McCann to four months in prison, suspended for one year.

McCann, of Curragh Hall Crescent, Tyrrelstown, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to three counts of assault, as well as trespass.

The incident took place at Curragh Hall Crescent around 4pm on November 3.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said that McCann pushed his way into the home of his ex-girlfriend, and when she called the gardai he tried to headbutt Garda Jennifer O'Brien.





Alcohol

Sgt Callaghan said McCann resisted arrest and during the arrest he tried to bite Garda Barry Tormey.

The court heard he had 41 previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe said McCann has battled an alcohol problem since he was 18 years old. He was off the drink for six years but he went back on it again and continues to struggle with it.

He has psychiatric problems and is on medication.

Mr Hanahoe said that if McCann doesn't take his medication, or if he mixed his medication with alcohol, he gets into trouble.

He also told the court that McCann wanted to move away from Tyrrelstown.

He aims to make a fresh start, as his ex-girlfriend does not want to associate with him and he's found this difficult.

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