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Sunday 22 October 2017

Stab victim dad spat blood into garda's mouth saying 'I've Aids'

Paul Goffrock got two months’ jail for his ‘savage attack’
Paul Goffrock got two months’ jail for his ‘savage attack’

A dad-of-two shouted he had Aids as he spat blood into a garda's mouth, a court heard.

Paul Goffrock (24) also threatened to spit at ambulance staff called after he was stabbed in the leg. He only calmed down after he spoke to his parents, Swords District Court was told.

Judge Dermot Dempsey imposed a two-month sentence, saying it was a "savage attack".

The defendant, of Lambourn Road, in Clonsilla, admitted violent disorder and assaulting Garda Campbell Brennan.

Garda Colin Fitzpatrick said gardai were called to Bremore Pastures Way in Balbriggan on January 10 last year following reports of a domestic incident.

Gda Fitzpatrick said Goffrock had been stabbed in the leg.

He was treated by ambulance staff for his injuries and advised to go to hospital but refused, demanding that gardai leave.

Violent

Gda Fitzpatrick said Goffrock went back into the house, where he launched himself from the sitting room couch at Gda Brennan, landing on top of him.

Goffrock, who had blood on his face, then spat in Gda Brennan's mouth, as the garda was trying to speak to him. He also shouted that he had Aids.

Goffrock was taken to Balbriggan Garda Station where he continued to be violent and aggressive. He refused medical treatment and threatened to spit at ambulance staff and told them too that he had Aids.

Goffrock was violent to the jailer in Balbriggan station, who was unable to enter his details in the custody record. Goffrock also tried to spit blood at him.

Gda Brennan was taken to Beaumont Hospital where he received a course of antibiotics. He was off work for two weeks.

A sample of Goffrock's blood was taken and it was negative for HIV or hepatitis B and C.

Goffrock's defence lawyer said it was "a domestic incident that got out of hand".

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