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Dean Arnold, of no fixed address, charged with theft, assault and possession of a knife.

Dean Arnold, of no fixed address, charged with theft, assault and possession of a knife.

Dean Arnold, of no fixed address, charged with theft, assault and possession of a knife.

A SHOPLIFTER bit a store security guard's hand after he was caught snatching a packet of cigarettes from the counter.

Dean Arnold (31) assaulted the man, who followed him after he ran from the city centre shop.

Judge Michael Walsh told Arnold he would have to pay compensation to the victim if he wanted to stay out of jail.

He remanded the accused on continuing bail.

Arnold, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to theft, assault and possession of a knife.

Garda Sergeant Dave Kelly told Dublin District Court the theft and assault happened at Temple Bar Square last September 24.

CCTV showed the accused snatching cigarettes worth €19.50 from a shop counter before running out the front door without paying.

A security man followed him and apprehended him, and Arnold bit down on the man's hand and escaped.

The assaulted was captured on CCTV.

In a separate incident last September 26, gardaí got a call that the accused was acting suspiciously at College Green at 7.40pm.

When he was searched, Arnold was found to have a penknife concealed in the waistband of his trousers.

The court heard in relation to the assault that the victim incurred €330 of medical costs and a further €70 economic loss.

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The accused had 11 previous convictions, the court heard. A probation report was submitted.

Arnold was trying to get employment, and that was referred to in the report, his lawyer said.

The accused had worked in a number of jobs for a substantial period of his life, including as a courier and teaching English as a foreign language abroad.

His lawyer asked if Arnold could be given some time to get the money together.

Judge Walsh adjourned the case to a date next month and said: "If he wants to stay out of jail, he will have to pay that."

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