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Dad punched garda after racially abusing publican

Peadar Brown’s pub on Clanbrassil Street
Peadar Brown’s pub on Clanbrassil Street

A FATHER-of-one who punched a garda in the eye after racially abusing a publican who refused to serve him has been jailed for eight months.

Patrick Broderick (48) had to be pepper-sprayed and batoned when he became violent and hit the officer, injuring him.

Judge Bryan Smyth sentenced him after finding him guilty of assault and garda obstruction.

Crane operator Broderick, of Cathedral View Walk, Kevin Street, Dublin, had pleaded not guilty to the offences.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at Peadar Brown’s pub on Clanbrassil Street after 12.30am last December 28.

Defence barrister Rory Staines asked Judge Smyth to look on what happened as an “isolated incident”, though the accused had a previous conviction for violent disorder.

Sentencing Broderick, the judge set bail terms in the event of an appeal.

 Previously, Gda Geoffrey White said he saw the accused and one of the pub’s directors, Aidan Brown, in “some form of struggle”.

Gda Michael Martin pushed them apart to separate them and Gda White approached Broderick to try to calm the situation.

“The accused immediately struck me to the left side of my face and the eye in particular,” said Gda White.

 He said the force knocked him back, his vision was blurred and he called to Gda Martin.

As the accused approached him, Gda White shouted “get back” and deployed pepper spray. Broderick continued to be aggressive, kicking out at officers. Gda White struck Broderick on the leg with his baton.

 In the garda station, the accused again kicked out and tried to spit at gardai. After the assault, Gda White’s eye was swollen, weeping and bloodshot.

Muyu Li, another pub director, said Broderick had begun arguing with her, calling her a “Chinese c***” and she pressed the panic button.

Mr Brown said Broderick punched him twice in the face after refusing to leave. Broderick said he was struck by someone from behind.

He did not know who it was and he came up with his arms flailing. He accepted it was possible he could have hit someone in a defensive manner.

He denied threatening the gardai or being verbally abusive in the pub.

He also denied punching Mr Brown. There was no charge in relation