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Friends deny beating up two gardai after 'words' in chip shop

THIS is one of the two friends who are accused of going after two off-duty gardai and attacking them when they got into a taxi after an altercation between the four men in a chip shop.

Gavin Tansey (23) and John Kelly (24) are alleged to have repeatedly kicked one of the gardai in the head while the other officer sustained serious mouth injuries, a court has heard.


Tansey and Kelly, with an address at Lambay Drive, Loughlinstown, appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged with seriously assaulting two off-duty gardai, Paul Maher and David Scanlon.

They are also charged with public order matters in relation to the alleged incident on Castle Street in Dalkey.

Tansey, of Cromlech Fields, Ballybrack, is facing a further charge of criminal damage after it is alleged he caused over €600 worth of damage when he repeatedly kicked the taxi the two gardai were sitting in.

The court heard that the DPP has directed summary disposal of the matters in the District Court.

Outlining the facts for jurisdiction purposes, Garda Sgt Patrick Loftus said that there was an altercation between the accused and two off-duty gardai in a chip shop in Dalkey at about 2.15am on July 11 last year.

Sgt Loftus said the gardai and two female friends walked away and walked up Castle Street to get a taxi.

They had been sitting in the taxi when Tansey opened the door and started kicking Garda Scanlon about the head and face.

The sergeant alleged that Tansey caused €635 worth of damage to the rear corner panel of the taxi as he kicked out at the garda.

The court heard that Garda Scanlon got out of the taxi, and there was a scuffle between him and Tansey on the ground.

Garda Maher also got out of the taxi, and there was an altercation between him and Kelly, where the garda was hit in the mouth.

The off-duty officers are allegedly to have held the accused on the ground until their colleagues arrived.


Sgt Kelly said Garda Maher is still receiving dental treatment for a damaged tooth while Garda Scanlon has suffered no long-term ill-effects.

Judge Ann Ryan said she would accept jurisdiction of the matter.

John Neville, defending, requested copies of statements, the CCTV of the alleged incident in the chip shop as well as medical reports on the alleged injuries.

The matter was adjourned for six weeks to a date next month.