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Ex-soldier beat up victim and headbutted garda

An ex-soldier who joined a violent attack on a man in a shopping centre and then headbutted a garda has been locked up for two weeks.

Derek McLoughlin (47) of Ardgillan Lawns in Balbriggan, Dublin, was one of six people who set upon Michael McDonagh at Ballymun Tower Centre on July 16, 2010.

Garda Ronan McMorrow told Shane Costelloe, prosecuting, that eye witnesses saw the men striking Mr McDonagh around the body before knocking him to the ground. They then continued to punch, kick and stamp on him.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that during his arrest and fingerprinting, McLoughlin became violent and aggressive. Garda McMorrow said McLoughlin then grabbed Detective Garda Adrian Mulligan by the throat and headbutted him.

McLoughlin pleaded guilty to violent disorder at Ballymun Tower Centre, and assaulting Det Garda Mulligan at Ballymun Garda Station.

Judge Martin Nolan remanded McLoughlin in custody for two weeks, saying: "I hope this short lesson will be a salutary one."