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Soccer coach bit garda after victory party

A soccer coach who claimed his drink had been spiked with cocaine before he viciously attacked three gardai has been given a suspended sentence.

Jason Dooley (24), who coaches an under-13s soccer team, bit one female garda's arm and kicked and punched two other officers in the head in the crazed episode.

He turned on the gardai when they found him in a drunken state after a match celebration. Judge David McHugh suspended a four-month sentence after hearing Dooley had a previous assault conviction, but it dated back to when he was a minor.

Dooley, with addresses at Shangan Road and Shangan Green, Ballymun, admitted charges of assaulting gardai Ronan McMorrow, Richard Carolan and Linda Connaughton.

He also pleaded guilty to breach of the peace, public intoxication, and violent behaviour in Ballymun Garda Station.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the gardai were on patrol when they came across him at the Ballymun Road on June 10 last year. He approached the patrol car and became verbally aggressive.

Garda McMorrow tried to get out of the car, but Dooley held the door shut and he had to drive on to loosen the grip.

When they tried to arrest him, Dooley raised a can of Coke and threatened to hit garda McMorrow with it.

He then punched the garda in the side of the head and violently resisted arrest.

While he was being driven back to the garda station, he kicked Garda Carolan in the head and bit Garda Connaughton's arm.

She received medical treatment and Gda Dooley had to have his blood tested. He continued to be violent in the garda station.

When charged, he replied: "I want to apologise to all concerned. I think my drink was spiked. I was out of it. I'm sorry".

He had apologised to the gardai, who accepted the incident was out of character for him.

"I have met him on numerous occasions and he has never behaved like that before," Garda McMorrow said.

Judge McHugh said he was "just about persuaded" by the accused's explanation but said of whether the drink was spiked, "we will never know".

He suspended the sentence for a year.

aphelan@herald.ie


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