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Monday 20 August 2018

Luas drunk is jailed for spitting on woman garda

A FATHER-to-be who spat on a female garda after he knocked her to the ground at a Luas stop, then beat her partner up, has been jailed for four months. Garon Mulhall (20) was one of a group of youths who set upon the gardai when they went to investigate a drunken disturbance at a south city tram stop.

Garon Mulhall (20) was one of a group of youths who set upon the gardai when they went to investigate a drunken disturbance at a south city tram stop.

Sentencing him, Judge Denis McLoughlin said he did not believe any garda should be subjected to an assault in the course of their duties.

Mulhall, of Rafter's Avenue, Crumlin, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to two counts of common assault and one of public drunkenness.



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The incident happened at the Blackhorse Luas stop at Davitt Road on March 13.

Sgt Paul Keane told the court the two officers from Sundrive Road Garda Station were on duty at 2pm when they went to the scene.

When they arrived, the accused approached their patrol car and kicked the wing mirror.

When they got out to arrest him, a struggle ensued during which the female garda was knocked to the ground.

The accused and another man spat at her while she was on the ground and her colleague got a number of punches to the body. He also had his fingers injured as he tried to restrain the defendant. The accused ran from the scene and was arrested the following night.

Both gardai were taken to hospital suffering from bruising and other injuries, but made full recoveries.

"My client was over-exuberant and there was a certain amount of adrenaline involved," Mulhall's solicitor said.

"He knows it's no excuse, but he was drunk and he lost control of himself."

He had not been working for some time and had "fallen in with a negative peer group".

Judge McLoughlin refused to suspend the sentence.

"I don't believe a garda should go on duty and expect to be assaulted by anybody," he said.

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