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Four months for spitting in garda's face


Swords Garda Station

Swords Garda Station

Swords Garda Station

A MAN who spat in a garda's face after he was arrested for a public order incident has been sentenced to four months in prison.

Shamsiytar Shafie (26) was also convicted and fined €200 for the public order offences.

Shafie, of College Court, Donabate, pleaded guilty before Swords District Court to assaulting Gda James Treacy and using threatening and abusive behaviour at College Court last November 5.

Gda Kevin Toner gave evidence that at 5.45pm gardai were called to a family dispute at College Court and Shafie was arrested and placed in the squad car.

While they were travelling to the garda station, Shafie, who has 15 previous convictions, leaned forward and spat in Gda Treacy's face.

Shafie's solicitor, Fiona D'Arcy, said her client had moved to Ireland from Iraq in 2005 with his mother, nine brothers and one sister and he is aware Gda Treacy does not want to accept his apology.

"What would happen if you spat in the face of a member of the police force in Iraq?" asked Judge Dermot Dempsey:

Ms D'Arcy replied that "he would be in serious trouble".

"He is in serious trouble here today,' said Judge Dempsey, adding that he would not tolerate "this despicable act".

Shafie appealed the convictions after Judge Dempsey fixed recognisances.