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Garda hit by suspect at arrest, court told

A MAN is alleged to have punched a garda in the face leaving him with a bruised jaw during a roadside assault.

Pat Barry (53) was being arrested by gardai for public order matters when he struck out at the officer.

Judge Des Zaidan ordered that garda statements be furnished to the defendant's solicitor and he adjourned the matter for four weeks.

The defendant, of St Bridget's Terrace, Bundoran, Co Donegal, appeared before Naas District Court charged with seriously assaulting Garda Rory Sheriff.

He is also charged with threatening and abusive behaviour at Main Street, Sallins, Co Kildare on June 13 last year.

Outlining the allegation, an inspector alleged that Barry struck a blow to Garda Sheriff, who suffered bruising, but no bones were broken and he made a full recovery. The judge adjourned the case to April.