Thursday 21 February 2019

More time for report on young man who punched garda's face

Dylan Duffy has been given more time to co-operate
Dylan Duffy has been given more time to co-operate

A young man who punched a garda after the officer found him drunk on a street has been given more time to co-operate with a restorative justice programme.

Dylan Duffy (23), who has "anger management issues", lashed out and hit the officer in the face, inflicting lip and gum injuries.

Judge Kathryn Hutton adjourned the case after hearing the court-ordered report was not ready.

Duffy, of Back Lane Hostel, Dublin, had pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Garda Thomas Finnerty, as well as breach of the peace and obstruction.

Defence solicitor Declan Fahy told Dublin District Court the restorative justice panel was seeking more time to prepare its report.


Judge Hutton read a letter that was presented to the court, noting that the accused has to meet his case worker.

She remanded the accused on continuing bail to October 31.

Previously, the court heard the garda encountered Duffy at Kennelsfort Road just after he had been ejected from a B&B on December 28 last year.

He was highly abusive to gardai when approached and called them "fat pigs, scumbags, b*****ds and d**kheads".

Duffy resisted violently when he was arrested.

The garda sustained a punch to his face, which cut his lip.

Duffy had to be pepper-sprayed to subdue him. He continued to be violent at the garda station after his arrest.

The court heard Duffy had since apologised and now accepted gardai were "only trying to assist him" at the time.

The garda has since recovered from his injuries.

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