A GARDA lost six teeth after he was kicked in the face by a youth during a disturbance in Garryowen a court has heard.
Alex Kelly, aged 19, with an address at Barrack Street, Cork pleaded guilty to assaulting Garda Gary Griffin, causing him harm, on October 14, 2011.
During a sentencing hearing, Sergeant Jim Hennessy said the incident happened shortly after gardai responded to an incident at a green area near the Track Bar at around 12.30am.
Limerick Circuit Court was told as staff at the pub were clearing the premises after closing time, the defendant, who was then aged 17, was observed leaning over the bar pulling a pint.
Sgt Hennessy told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, gardai were alerted after he tried to kick and bite the staff members after they brought him outside to a nearby green area.
When gardai arrived, Kelly was arrested for Public Order offences and placed in the back of a patrol car. He spat at Garda Griffin when he sat in to the driver’s seat before kicking him “full force” into the mouth.
Judge Carroll Moran was told the garda was dazed and took several minutes to collect himself afterwards.
He sustained severe dental injuries, had six teeth removed and was off work for several months following the incident.
The court heard he has had two root canals and has undergone extensive orthodontic treatment as a result of being assaulted.
Garda Griffin, who is now based in West Limerick, also sustained “mild to moderate” whiplash injuries.
When asked by Anthony Sammon SC, defending, Sgt Hennessy confirmed the defendant was intoxicated when he was arrested. “People in his company bought drink for him (in the Track Bar),” he said.
Mr Sammon said his client comes from a difficult background and spent much of his youth in foster care.
He submitted that given that background and the circumstances of the offence, a probation report would be of benefit to the court.
Judge Moran agreed and he adjourned the case to next month to facilitate the preparation of such a report.