Dad-of-five pushed garda to the ground
A FATHER-of-five who pushed a garda in the chest knocking him to the ground has been ordered to complete community service.
Michael Miley (46) pushed the officer three times in the chest after he was called to a domestic incident at the defendant's home.
Blanchardstown District Court heard that Miley had been found to be suitable to complete community service.
Judge David McHugh ordered him to complete 200 hours community service instead of four months in prison.
The defendant, of Judge Darley's Hostel, Dublin 8, had admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to obstructing gardai at Wellview Avenue on November 6, 2013.
Garda Paul Oates previously said that gardai were called to the defendant's home following reports of a domestic incident.
Gda Oates said Miley pushed Garda John Santry three times, knocking him off his feet.
The court heard the defendant has 17 previous convictions.
Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan said Miley was very sorry for his behaviour.
She said Miley, his partner and their five children were evicted from their home shortly after this incident. Miley and his family are currently on the housing list, waiting to be rehoused.
The defendant also admitted to a breach of the peace at Church Road, Mulhuddart on May 3, 2014 and to stealing two bottles of cider, worth €7.98, from Aldi in Mulhuddart on January 18, 2014.