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Sore boozer No conviction for man who kicked two Gardai in the head after drinking 16 pints at christening

Shane Floyd (29) was attending a friend’s baby’s christening on the night

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Shane Floyd

Shane Floyd

A MAN who drank 16 pints of beer and assaulted two gardai by kicking them in the back of their heads has been left without a conviction after he paid €2,000 in compensation and apologised for his actions.

One of the members of the force was forced to take six days off work as a result of the injuries he received while the other member was left sore.

Shane Floyd (29) was attending a friend’s baby’s christening on the night and claimed consuming the 16 pints of beer had clouded his judgement.

At the end of the night, while he was in the alleyway at The Grey Goose pub in Drogheda smoking a cigarette, security staff asked him to leave.

He then attempted to punch the staff member and gardai, who were passing by at the time, attempted to arrest him.

Floyd then kicked Garda James Durkan and Garda Shane O’Malley in their heads. The offences of assaulting the two gardai under Section 2 of the Non-Fatal Offences Act happened on October 27, 2019.

The defendant, of Elmwood Close in Termon Abbey, Drogheda pleaded guilty to assaulting both members of An Garda Siochana.

He has three previous road traffic convictions.

At a previous sitting of Drogheda District Court, Gda Durkan gave evidence that in the aftermath of the assault he was “sore for a few days but didn’t go off sick from work.”

Gda O’Malley told the court he was “off work for six days,” following the assault.

“My head was sore for a few days and my neck was sore,” said Gda O’Malley.

Defence solicitor Dermot Monahan said the defendant gave two letters of apology to the gardai and staff member of the pub last October.

“He was at his girlfriend’s friend’s baby’s christening party and drank 16 pints of beer.

“It was a long day and drinking clouded his judgement,” said Mr Monahan.

“It all happened quickly and he didn’t think,” Mr Monahan said, adding the defendant “regrets it” and has a good work history.

“It all happened in seconds,” Mr Monahan said.

At a previous court sitting Judge Eirinn McKiernan ordered the defendant come up with €2,000 in compensation.

Once the money was handed over, the judge ordered the money be given to the two injured gardai and applied Section 1.1 of the Probation Act, leaving the defendant without a conviction.

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