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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Garda headbutted as she held drinker over assault in pub

A FOOTBALL coach who headbutted another pubgoer and left him with a split lip had earlier been attacked with a broken bottle and was dazed and concussed at the time, a court heard.

Michael Dardis (21) also grabbed and headbutted a female garda after she intervened in an altercation in a pub.

A court heard that the two victims suffered bruising to their faces and found it difficult to eat or drink for a number of days.

Dardis had €1,500 in compensation in court for the victims.

The defendant, of Holywell Crescent in Swords, admitted before Swords District Court to two counts of seriously assaulting Garda Karen Duffy and Paddy Delahunty.

The incident took place in the Old Boro Pub, Main Street, Swords at around 2am.

Garda David Smith said gardai were called to a large altercation. As they were dealing with that, a separate incident occurred in another part of the pub.

Garda Smith said Dardis headbutted Mr Delahunty in the face, leaving him with a cut lip and pain to the lower part of his face.

The garda said the defendant tried to run from the scene, and Garda Duffy tried to stop him. Dardis grabbed her and headbutted her in the lower part of her mouth.

The court heard that Garda Duffy suffered a burst lip, cut finger and bruising to ther face. Garda Smith said Dardis and the victims did not know each other.

Defence lawyer Brendan Foley said Dardis had no previous convictions.

Mr Foley said Dardis was also assaulted that night by another individual, and he suffered a laceration with a broken bottle.

Mr Foley said Dardis had €1,000 compensation in court for the garda and €500 for Mr Delahunty. Judge Grainne Malone adjourned the case for four weeks for a probation report

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