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Mum scratched and headbutted garda in the face

A MOTHER is facing sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for headbutting and scratching a garda who was executing a bench warrant on her child's father.

Lone parent Kim Tynan (26) headbutted the garda after he was forced to draw his baton to protect himself while trying to calm her down. She later lashed out and scratched him as two of his colleagues attempted to restrain her.

Tynan, of Donomore Avenue, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to assaulting Garda Enda Daly, causing him harm, at her home in the early hours of the morning of January 4, 2009.

Judge Katherine Delahunt told Tynan she had a "volatile temper" and adjourned sentencing until October 8 to allow a probation report be prepared. She remanded her on continuing bail.

Sergeant Paul Carney told Vincent Heneghan, prosecuting, that gardai executing a bench warrant on the father of Tynan's daughter gained entry to her house at about 7.30am.

They were met by a hostile Tynan who called them "f****** scumbags" and told them the man they were looking for was not present. Gardai found the person they were looking for and Tynan threatened "to get" one of the officers present.

Gda Daly approached her to calm her down but a struggle ensued and he was left with no option but to draw his baton and strike Tynan on the leg.

Sgt Carney said Tynan "launched herself" at Gda Daly and headbutted him in the mouth.

Two other gardai came to his aid but as Tynan was being restrained she managed to scratch Gda Daly.


Tynan, who has eight previous convictions, was subdued and handcuffed before being arrested.

The custody record at the garda station noted that there was a "smell of drink" from her.

Sgt Carney agreed with Paul Carroll, defending,that Gda Daly had no long-term effects from the attack.

Mr Carroll said she had been out at a friend's house the previous evening and consumed a large amount of alcohol.

He submitted the attack was "out of character and a moment of madness".