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Saturday 3 December 2016

Man bit garda twice during a struggle

Blanchardstown

Marcus Lauer, who was fined for assaulting a garda at his home
Marcus Lauer, who was fined for assaulting a garda at his home

A man has avoided jail for biting a garda who arrived to deal with a disturbance at his home.

Marcus Lauer (55) bit the officer twice during a struggle as he was being arrested.

Judge David McHugh fined him €100 after hearing he had reduced his medication for bipolar disorder at the time and had called the gardai himself.

Lauer pleaded guilty to assaulting the garda, causing him harm at his home at Earlsfort Grove, Lucan, on May 24, 2014.

Garda Sergeant Mary Doherty told Blanchardstown District Court that gardai were called to the scene and the defendant became "extremely aggressive".

He bit the garda twice on the arm and chest while he was being arrested.

The court heard Lauer had no previous convictions and had not come to garda attention since the incident.

The accused suffered from bipolar disorder and had reduced his medication at the time without guidance from his doctor, his barrister Elizabeth Davey said.

Struggle

Lauer himself called the gardai but when they arrived, a struggle ensued and the defendant assaulted the garda in the course of it, Ms Davey explained.

The garda's skin was not broken.

Judge McHugh said the defendant would have been going to jail if not for the fact that he had been suffering from an active medical condition at the time.

Fining him, he said the accused had "strong mitigation."

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