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Guilty plea Sutton man (19) put garda in headlock and spat in his face, court told

Jude Spillane (19) also spat in the patrol car after his arrest and in the cell, which had to be cleaned at a total cost of €300


Jude Spillane

Jude Spillane

Jude Spillane

A young man pushed a garda onto a car bonnet, got him in a headlock and spat in his face during a public order arrest.

The officer was trying to move a group of youths who were drinking and playing loud music in public when Jude Spillane (19) assaulted him.

The case was adjourned at Dublin District Court for victim impact evidence.

Spillane, of Sutton Grove, Sutton, pleaded guilty to assaulting a garda and causing criminal damage to the inside of a patrol car and a cell at Raheny garda station on March 16, 2021.

Garda Sergeant Maire McDevitt said Spillane grabbed the garda's radio from his stab vest and hit the garda's arms and torso a number of times while he was being arrested at Parochial Avenue, Baldoyle.

He pushed the garda onto the bonnet of a parked car and grabbed him around the neck in a headlock and spat in his face.

This took place during the pandemic, Sgt McDevitt said. The spit made contact with the garda's face and the officer was shaken afterwards.

Other than minor bruising and tenderness, there were no injuries.

Spillane also spat in the patrol car after his arrest and in the cell, which had to be cleaned at a total cost of €300.

A small amount of cannabis, worth €10, was found on him.

Previously, the court heard the incident began after gardaí responded to a public order disturbance where a large group of men and women were smoking, drinking and playing loud music.

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They were directed to leave the area and as they made their way down the road two men kicked out at parked vehicles.

When one of these men was arrested, people in the group including Spillane obstructed gardaí.

Defence solicitor Stephen O'Mahony said the accused had compensation for the damage.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case.

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