A BUILDERS labourer punched a garda in the face after he was arrested following a drunken argument at his home, a court heard.
Oscar Rozentalas (33) left Garda John Dalton with bruising to the forehead following the assault. A court heard the father-of-one did not remember hitting the officer.
Judge Grainne O'Neill ordered the defendant to donate €500 to Harold's Cross Hospice and said she would apply the probation act.
The defendant, of Pearse Brothers' Park in Rathfarnham, admitted before Tallaght District Court to assaulting Garda John Dalton.
The attack took place at Rathfarnham Garda Station on December 6 last year.
Rozentalas also admitted to public drunkenness in the same incident.
Garda Sergeant Keith Halley said gardai were called to Pearse Brothers Park following reports of a domestic disturbance.
Sgt Halley said the defendant was very drunk and was arrested for his own safety.
The sergeant said Rozentalas was placed in the back of a patrol vehicle and taken to Rathfarnham Garda Station.
Sgt Halley said Rozentalas became agitated at being arrested as he was being taken from the garda van.
He lashed out at gardai, striking Gda Dalton with his fist in the forehead.
Sgt Halley said Gda Dalton had bruising to his forehead but did not suffer any serious injuries and did not require medical attention.
The court heard Rozentalas has never been in trouble before.
Defence solicitor Kevin Tunney said the assault was "an involuntary act".
Mr Tunney claimed Rozentalas was lying on the ground, he was drunk and had been handcuffed, and he involuntarily jumped forward and accidentally struck Gda Dalton.
Sgt Halley disputed this, saying Rozentalas was agitated and lashed out at the garda with his fist.
The sergeant also said that Rozentalas was not handcuffed at the time.
Mr Tunney said Rozentalas, who works as a builders labourer, has a partner and one daughter.
Mr Tunney said the defendant did not intend to strike the garda and was very sorry for his behaviour.
He also said that Rozentalas does not drink that often and he had no recollection of hitting the garda.