Wednesday 26 October 2016

Man accused of biting garda on chest

Marcus Lauer
Marcus Lauer

A MAN injured a garda, biting him twice when the officer was called to a reported incident at his home, it has been alleged.

Marcus Lauer (54) had the case against him adjourned at Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Lauer, with an address at Earlsfort Grove, Lucan, is charged with assaulting a garda, causing him harm.

The offence is alleged to have happened at Earlsfort Grove on May 24, 2014.

The charge is under Section 3 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Outlining the prosecution's case, Sgt Walter Sweeney told the court gardai attended a call to the scene and alleged the defendant became "extremely aggressive" towards them.

He allegedly bit a garda twice on the arm and chest, the court was told.

Judge David McHugh accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case, meaning that it can be heard in the district court rather than being sent to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has tougher potential sentencing powers on conviction.

The defendant has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge.

Judge McHugh granted an order for disclosure of prosecution documents following an application by Defence Barrisetr Willie Hughes.

Mr Lauer was remanded on continuing bail, to appear in court again on a date later this month.

Previously, Judge McHugh granted free legal aid in the case after an application was made and gardai did not object.

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