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Monday 18 December 2017

Dad did not realise he assaulted garda until he saw CCTV

Peter Brazil was intoxicated at the time of the assault
Peter Brazil was intoxicated at the time of the assault

A father-of-six who assaulted a female garda when he was being arrested for a drunken incident at a pub has been jailed for three months.

Peter Brazil (38) was so intoxicated at the time of the assault that he only realised what had happened when he later viewed CCTV footage.

Judge David McHugh sentenced him after hearing Bra- zil had 117 previous convic- tions.

Brazil, with an address at Oatfield Drive, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to trespass and assaulting Gda Goretti Lynch at Finches Pub, Clondalkin.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the incident happened last April 19.

The court was told Brazil was extremely intoxicated at the time of the assault.

This "common theme" was very obvious in all statements provided by witnesses, defence barrister Jennifer Jackson said.

Regretted

Brazil himself had said he had a "very hazy recollection" of what happened and it was only when he saw the CCTV footage that he said "yes, that was him," Ms Jackson added.

The court heard the accused had lost his mother and father in a short space of time the previous year.

The "very unfortunate" assault on Gda Lynch happened in the middle of his arrest at the pub, Ms Jackson said.

Brazil had left the premises and was trying to get back in when Gda Lynch arrived and proceeded to arrest him.

She said he regretted his actions and had already apologised in court.

The judge imposed the three-month sentence on the assault charge and took the other into consideration.

Sgt Maria Callaghan said the accused had 117 previous convictions, most of which were for road traffic offences.

The judge said the defendant's long list of previous convictions notwithstanding, he had no other "place to go".

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