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not guilty plea Man denies repeatedly hitting garda on head with a mobile phone

Joseph Gleeson (37) pleaded not guilty and the case against him was adjourned at Dublin District Court for hearing on a later date.

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The man denies the charges against the garda

The man denies the charges against the garda

The man denies the charges against the garda

A MAN has been accused of injuring a garda by repeatedly hitting him on the head with a mobile phone when the officer investigated a public order disturbance on a city street.

Joseph Gleeson (37) pleaded not guilty and the case against him was adjourned at Dublin District Court for hearing on a later date.

Mr Gleeson, with an address at a guest house in Swords, is charged with assault causing harm to a garda at Sackville Place on October 9, 2019.

He is also charged with threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour on the same date; obstruction and criminal damage to a cell in a garda van and at Store Street garda station.

The DPP consented to summary trial of the case on the indictable assault and criminal damage charges, a garda sergeant said.

She said it would be the prosecution's case that the accused was acting aggressively and was highly intoxicated when gardaí arrived at the scene.

He was demanding to get his phone from a nearby hostel but had a phone in his hand.

He lay down in the middle of the road and when a garda approached, he became very aggressive and hit the officer on the head with the phone several times, it was alleged.

Judge Bryan Smyth accepted jurisdiction on all charges.

Defence solicitor Brian Coveney said a date for hearing the case was required on a not guilty plea.

The court heard there would be 12 state witnesses and CCTV evidence.

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