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Ronnie Wilde

Ronnie Wilde

Ronnie Wilde

A GARDA sergeant was headbutted in the face by a young man who tried to escape from a Dublin courtroom after he was refused bail by the High Court.

Ronnie Wilde (20) left Sergeant John O'Donovan with an injury to his lip following the assault.

Judge Gerard Jones imposed a two-month sentence, saying gardaí are out protecting us.

The defendant, of Clanbrassil Terrace, Dublin 8, admitted criminal damage to a door, seriously assaulting Sergeant O'Donovan and assaulting two other officers at the High Court, Cloverhill courthouse, on November 22, 2016.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court that two Navan-based gardaí had taken Wilde from Oberstown to Cloverhill to make a bail application before the High Court.

As he was a juvenile, Wilde sat in the body of the courtroom and was not handcuffed.

Sgt Callaghan said Wilde was refused bail by the High Court, and as he was leaving the courtroom he kicked the exit door, cracking the glass.

He pushed one of the gardaí and lashed out at another.

Wilde ran towards the front door of Cloverhill courthouse, but was cut off by gardaí, who pepper sprayed him.

Sgt Callaghan said Sgt O'Donovan went to help his colleagues, and Wilde continued to resist violently.

He headbutted Sgt O'Donovan and kicked a second garda in the leg.

His defence solicitor said Wilde's childhood was a "shocking tale of neglect".

Mr Fleming said Wilde's father died in a motorbike accident when the defendant was five years old.

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He lived with his mother until he was 10, but then moved in with his grandmother. He was too much to handle for her, and ended up abusing drugs.

Mr Fleming said Wilde had calmed down considerably in recent years and had not been imprisoned as an adult.

Recognisances were set for an appeal.

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