A MAN has been left without a criminal conviction for headbutting a garda sergeant who called a doctor to tend to him after street brawl.
Kenneth Lamb (24) had suffered an injured hand in the incident and struck the sergeant when he was woken up in his cell.
Judge Bryan Smyth applied the Probation Act, leaving the accused without a conviction.
Lamb, of Cielito, Blackglen Road, Sandyford, had pleaded guilty to causing a breach of the peace at the Dandelion Club, St Stephen's Green, on February 23 last and assault causing harm to Sergeant Ian Lambe at Kevin Street Garda Station.
The case was heard previously and was back before the court for a restorative justice programme report.
The incident had been out of character for Lamb, his lawyer said.
Dublin District Court heard he had been earlier out celebrating his brother's 30th birthday and "a third party" started a brawl. When gardai arrived, Lamb was being restrained on the ground.r
He told gardai to "f*** off" several times and was arrested. At the garda station, he was brought to the doctor's room with a large cut to his hand. Sgt Lambe brought the doctor to the accused's cell.
Lamb had been asleep but got up and headbutted the sergeant to the face.
A struggle ensued in which the sergeant was punched three times to the head. He suffered a black eye and bruising, but had no lasting injuries.