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Reveller denies biting into garda

A reveller accused of sinking his teeth into a garda's arm during a struggle after he got involved in a fight and was removed from a pub.

Sean Fitzpatrick (23) has denied he assaulted a garda outside a Finglas pub in October last year.

It is alleged that Fitzpatrick broke the skin on Garda Eoin Conway's arm with his teeth, leaving him bleeding.

A judge adjourned the matter to a date in September for hearing.

Fitzpatrick, of Carrigallen Park, Finglas, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with seriously assaulting a garda. The court heard the incident took place outside the Full Shilling pub in Finglas on October 11 last year. The DPP previously directed summary disposal of the matter in the District Court.

Garda Sergeant Damien Galligan had told the court that gardai were called to the Full Shilling about 1.30am following reports of a fight. Sgt Galligan said that security staff were struggling with a violent male who had been asked to leave the pub.

The sergeant said gardai went to help the security staff, and during the struggle it is alleged that Fitzpatrick bit down hard on Garda Conway's arm.

Sgt Galligan said that Fitzpatrick broke Garda Conway's skin with the bite and drew blood.

Dispute

The garda has since recovered from the assault and is back at work. The court heard there is CCTV available of the alleged incident.

Fitzpatrick's lawyer said she had received CCTV of an alleged dispute at the pub but said she understood there was also CCTV available of the alleged incident with the garda.

Judge Patrick McMahon ordered that all CCTV footage be furnished to the defence and adjourned the matter until September.

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