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Man sank his teeth into shop worker's shoulder, court told

A man stands accused of sinking his teeth into a shop assistant's shoulder after an argument arose between them in a shop.

Prince Phuthi (20) was allegedly followed out of the shop by the victim after a row about payment for goods, and a struggle ensued.

He is accused of biting the victim during the course of the struggle.

Phuthi, of Pinebrook Glen in Hartstown, appeared before Swords District Court charged with assault.

The alleged incident took place at The Green, Malahide shortly after 10pm on June 16 last year. The court heard that the DPP had directed summary disposal of the matter in the District Court.

Garda Sergeant Paul Madden said it was alleged that Phuthi had a difference of opinion with an assistant over payment for a number of items.


Sgt Madden alleged that Phuthi left the shop on foot, but was followed by the victim, a man in his 30s, who wanted to speak to him.

The sergeant claimed there was a struggle between the two men, and Phuthi bit the victim below the right shoulder.

Sgt Madden alleged that the bite broke the skin, and the victim went to hospital to be treated. He said there were no long-lasting affects to the victim.

Judge Patrick Brady said he would accept jurisdiction of the matter. Defence solicitor Aoife Corridan asked for disclosure of all statements and CCTV footage of the alleged assault.

Sgt Madden said the incident was not captured on CCTV.

Judge Brady adjourned the matter to a date in November for hearing.

The court heard that Phuthi is out of work and on social welfare. Solicitor Michael Staines was assigned on free legal aid.