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Scott Purdue

Scott Purdue

Colin Keegan

Scott Purdue

A SERIAL criminal who has a bullet lodged in his head and no peripheral vision following a gun attack has been jailed for kicking a garda.

'Miracle' survivor Scott Purdue (22) was given 10 months in prison for assaulting the officer during an arrest, as well as dangerously driving through an estate in west Dublin.

However, a judge made the sentence concurrent to 15 months the drug dealer is already serving after hearing jail was "very difficult" for him as he could no longer dress himself and needed to be "guided around" by another inmate.

Purdue, formerly of Shancastle Park, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty at Blanchardstown District Court to the latest charges.

Judge David McHugh gave him sentences totalling 10 months, banned him from driving for six years and fined him €500.

The small-time criminal has survived three serious attacks - he was shot in the head in November 2017, injured with a knife in 2018 and shot in the leg last year.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan said on October 13, 2018, gardai were effecting an arrest when Purdue went into his home at Shancastle Park.

When the garda followed him, Purdue kicked him on the leg, and the officer suffered bruising and scrapes.

The court heard he had maintained he did not know who the garda was, but the garda had “clearly identified himself to Mr Purdue.”

Separately, on October 5, 2017, Purdue was stopped driving at Shancastle Avenue, at a time when he was banned from driving and had no tax or insurance.

On April 28 that year, he was driving a Peugeot 106 at in Shancastle when he failed to stop for gardai, took off at speed through the estate where there was a 30kph limit, on the wrong side of the road, then mounted the footpath and drove on it.

The wheels locked, the car skidded to a halt and Purdue got out and ran away but was caught.

The accused had 86 prior convictions, including 18 for theft, seven for dangerous driving, two for possession of drugs, 10 for uninsured driving and others including public order offences.

When he appeared in court he was serving a 15-month sentence with a release date in October, 2021 with remission.

Purdue had lived in Clondalkin for most of his life, his solicitor John Shanley said. In November 2017, he was the victim of a “significant incident” in which he was shot in the head.

He still had a bullet lodged in his head since that attack and was “lucky to still be with us,” Mr Shanley said.

Rehabilitation was going to be “lifelong” for Purdue, who had been the victim of two other serious incidents since then.

He had “two fingers removed from him” and was shot a second time “not too long ago” last year.

Judge McHugh said the accused had an “appalling record.”

Mr Shanley said there was “no getting away from that” but Purdue had been coming to “a lot less garda attention” before he went into custody.

His family had moved out of Clondalkin, “down the country” and Purdue was most recently living in Tallaght.

Purdue was finding prison very difficult; he needed constant supervision and help in every aspect of his life. Another prisoner was helping him, the court heard.

He was not able to dress himself and needed to be guided around in prison as he had no peripheral vision due to head trauma.

He could not take courses or “do anything” in prison.

“He can’t pick up a book to read it because he can’t see the pages,” Mr Shanley said.

“Doctors have remarked that it’s a miracle he was alive,” he continued, adding that “they were about to turn off the life support on him.”

The accused accepted he was not going to be around much longer if he kept on the path he was on.

Sentencing, Judge McHugh said Purdue was a “serial recidivist in the final analysis.”

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