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Man cleared of trying to bite a garda

A MAN has been found not guilty of trying to bite a garda and hurling abuse over the length of time it took officers to respond to a complaint.

John Greene (46) was cleared of public order offences over an incident that happened after he reported stone slabs had been left on a road.

Judge Catherine Murphy dismissed the case after his denials went unchallenged at Dublin District Court.

Mr Greene, of Newbrook Avenue, Donaghmede, pleaded not guilty to drunkenness and causing a breach of the peace.

Garda David Heraghty told the court he was called to Kilbarrack Road at 5amt there he saw "three small rocks" and the defendant, who he claimed was intoxicated, in the road.

"He came over and his first words to me were "f****** guards, you took your f****** time", Garda Heraghty said.

INSULT

He claimed that Mr Greene continued to insult him after he cautioned him and when he went to arrest him, he swung his arms and tried to bite him.

The officer told the court he had to restrain the defendant and call for assistance.

Mr Greene said he had waited for 45 minutes for gardai to arrive at the scene.

He claimed that when they got there in a patrol car, Garda Heraghty stated pushing him after he spoke to a female garda. through the window.

He claimed the female garda said "let him put the handcuffs on you" and he fell back on the ground. He denied being abusive and aggressive.

Judge Murphy said the defendant had not been cross-examined on his evidence on the charges.

She added that she had to dismiss the case because Mr Greene's evidence was "uncontroverted".

aphelan@herald.ie


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