Saturday 19 January 2019

Student who hit garda had to bepepper-sprayed

A CULINARY arts student had to be pepper-sprayed and batoned as he resisted arrest for slapping a garda outside a pub.

Andrew Donohoe (20) had been ejected over an earlier incident when he became aggressive towards the garda.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case for a probation report at Dublin District Court.

Donohoe, with an address at Ashdale Road, Terenure, pleaded guilty to public intoxication, causing a breach of the peace and resisting Garda Keith Connors.

The offences happened at South Richmond Street on June 22 last.

The court heard gardai on patrol came across the accused outside the George Bernard Shaw pub. He was intoxicated and standing at the door, waving his arms in an aggressive manner.

One of the officers tried to calm him down, enquiring as to why he was so irate, a garda sergeant said.

He continued to attempt to enter the pub and then, without warning, slapped the garda in the face a number of times in quick succession. A struggle ensued and he broke free, leading to a short foot chase.


When caught, he turned and again became aggressive to the garda, who deployed a "short burst" of pepper spray and warned the accused to desist.

He failed to comply and the garda was forced to use his baton on the defendant.

Donohoe was about to start a third level course in culinary arts, his solicitor Grainne Whelan said.

On the night of the incident, he had gone to watch a World Cup football match and there was an incident inside the pub while he was there.

This incident was captured on CCTV. Donohoe, who was there with his friends, was ejected and was still outside when the gardai arrived.

The accused suffered from ADHD and was on medication, Ms Whelan said.

He was also attending an anger management course. He had no previous convictions.

His family was supportive and his father had accompanied him to court.

The accused had not drunk any alcohol since the incident.

Judge Walsh said he wanted to see a probation report on the defendant before finalising the case.

He adjourned it to a date in November, and advised Donohoe to "get on with his education" in the meantime.

The defendant was remanded on continuing bail.


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