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Shane Floyd claimed drinking “16 pints of beer had clouded his judgement.”

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Shane Floyd

Shane Floyd

A MAN who assaulted two members of An Garda Siochana by kicking them in the back of their heads - leaving one of them off work for six days - claimed drinking “16 pints of beer had clouded his judgement.”

Shane Floyd (29) was attending a friend’s baby’s christening on the night at The Grey Goose Bar in Drogheda, Co Louth.

He had been drinking all day and claimed he had drank 16 pints of beer.

At the end of the night, while he was in the alleyway 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 fromwork.”

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.

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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.

Mr Monahan said the defendant has €1,000 in compensation to offer.

However, Judge Eirinn McKiernan said “he is going to have more compensation.”

“These were assaults on gardai. They have a very difficult job. He is going to have to come up with another €1,000,” said Judge McKiernan and adjourned the case for finalisation on March 15.

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