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Man flung scissors at garda after row

Rowlagh Avenue, Clondalkin
Rowlagh Avenue, Clondalkin

A MAN threw a pair of scissors at a garda – inflicting a “puncture wound” – after he was found acting aggressively on the roof of his house after a domestic dispute, a court heard.

Blanchardstown District Court was told Craig O’Brien (21) had come down from the roof when he flung the scissors, injuring the officer’s arm.

He appeared on weapons and assault charges and his case was adjourned.

Mr O’Brien is accused of assault causing harm to Garda Alan Douglas at his home on Rowlagh Avenue, Clondalkin.

He is also charged with producing a pair of scissors in the course of a dispute in the same incident.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said the DPP was directing summary disposal of the case at district court level.

Outlining the prosecution’s case, she said gardai were called to the scene of a domestic dispute on November 4, 2016.

On arrival, the officers saw Mr O’Brien on the roof of the house, above the porch at the front door. He was acting in an aggressive manner, it was alleged.

Gardai spoke to him and Mr O’Brien eventually jumped down, said Sgt Callaghan.

He was holding scissors in his hand and threw them, hitting Gda Douglas on the arm.

The scissors caused a puncture wound to the garda’s upper arm. The cut measured 1.5cm and was treated with a paper suture, the court heard.

Judge McHugh accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case.

This means it can be heard in the district court instead of being sent forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has tougher potential sentencing powers on conviction. Judge McHugh adjourned the case for the prosecution to comply with a disclosure order.

He granted free legal aid after hearing the defendant was on jobseeker’s allowance and a statement of his financial means was handed in to court by his solicitor.

There was no garda objection. The defendant, who has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges, was remanded on continuing bail to appear in court again on a date in June.

The charges against him are under the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act and the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act.