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Sunday 4 December 2016

Drunken rugby stars attacked garda in car

Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ) Dublin
Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ) Dublin

A FORMER Samoan International rugby player tried to drag a garda out of a patrol car and attacked him in a drink-fuelled late-night assault in Dublin.

Misioka Timoteo (26) was one of three rugby players from Samoa who were involved in the incident in which the plain clothes garda was attacked on a city centre street.

Dublin District Court heard Paul Tolofua (24) also assaulted the garda while their friend Kinsah Matangi (31) played a lesser role by intervening and stopping another officer from going to his colleague's assistance.

All three accused were left without criminal convictions over the incident after they paid charity donations.

Timoteo, of The Maudlims, Naas, Co Kildare, and Tolofua from River Lane Grove, Shankill, Co Dublin, both pleaded guilty to assaulting Garda Adrian Coffey. Matangi (31), of St Gabriel's, Cabinteely, admitted obstructing Garda Lee Gavin.

Judge Michael Walsh dismissed all charges under the Probation Act after Timoteo and Tolofua paid €750 to charity, and Matangi paid €500.

Garda Sergeant Gail Smith said the incident happened at Camden Street on February 15 last.

The gardai were in an unmarked car talking to two men at 2.35am. Separately, the three co-accused and two women approached and began banging on the patrol car.

When told to stop, Timoteo and Tolofua attempted to drag Garda Coffey from the driver's seat while the engine was still running. A struggle ensued and he called for assistance. None of the accused had any previous convictions.

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