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Friday 9 December 2016

Prisoner spat in officer's face during search

Mountjoy prison
Mountjoy prison

An inmate who spat in the face of a prison officer while he was carrying out a cell search has been fined for assault.

Brendan Cummins (20), serving a sentence in Mountjoy, assaulted the officer by spitting on him.

Judge Anthony Halpin convicted him and fined him €500 when he appeared at Dublin District Court.

The defendant, who was still in custody when his case was heard, told Judge Halpin he did not want any legal representation.

"I would like to get the case dealt with today, judge," he said.

Cummins, of Lios Dubh, Armagh Road, Dundalk, Co Louth, pleaded guilty to one count of assault.

The court heard that the officer went to the accused's cell last April 26 to carry out a search.

While he was there, Cummins spat on him, hitting him on the left side of his face, a garda said.

Cummins had 12 previous convictions, the most recent of which was for assault. He had five previous assault convictions.

Asked about his likely release date, Cummins told the judge it was in January 2018.

The judge said there would be a 10-day sentence in the case of the accused not paying the fine.

Cummins thanked the judge after the fine was imposed.

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