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No prison for man in garda shop assault

an Offaly man who slammed a garda into a shop front has been given community service in lieu of a prison sentence.

Garda Lucy McLoughlin required two operations and missed 18 months of work after the attack by Enda Carroll (23) on William Street in Tullamore.

Carroll, of The Willows, Mucklagh, Tullamore, was found guilty after a trial at Cavan Circuit Criminal Court of assault causing harm, resisting a peace officer and two counts of public order in the Offaly town on March 12, 2012.

The court, sitting in Dublin yesterday, heard that Gda McLoughlin was attacked when she responded to a public order incidence.

Gda Sgt Tom Dunne told Judge Carmel Stewart that at 1.35am gardai received a report of men kicking taxis and breaking windows in the town. When Gda McLoughlin went to arrest one of the men, Carroll (inset) began shouting obscenities at her and refused to leave the area.

When Gda McLoughlin went to arrest him Carroll picked her up by the leg and slammed her into the shop front. He was then arrested by her colleagues.

The garda required extensive hospital treatment to fix a tear to her hip joint and to remove cartilage from her knee.

Judge Stewart imposed 240 hours community service work in lieu of a two-year prison sentence.