Limerick psychiatrist who bit gardai to be sentenced next month

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Seamus O' Flaithbheartaigh
A CONSULTANT psychiatrist who admitted assaulting two garda officers and an employee of a busy pub in the city centre will be sentenced in a fortnight’s time.

A CONSULTANT psychiatrist who admitted assaulting two garda officers and an employee of a busy pub in the city centre will be sentenced in a fortnight’s time.

Earlier this month, Dr Seamus O Flaithbheartaigh, aged 51, with an address at Castlemara, Annacotty pleaded guilty to three charges of assault relating to an incident in the early hours of July 7, 2012.

He also pleaded guilty to a public order offence of being intoxicated in a public place on the same date.

Outlining the facts of the case, Sergeant Donal Cronin, Henry Street, said at around 1am a male was observed by gardai in a highly irate and agitated state.

The man, he said was being restrained at the time by a number of males at Nancy Blakes pub.

When gardai approached O Flaithbheartaigh he bit the two officers on the hand – breaking the skin of the female garda.

He also bit the hand of a member of staff at the pub as he assisted gardai.

While the female garda sustained serious injuries the injuries sustained by her colleague and the bar worker were not as severe.

O Flaithbheartaigh is employed by the HSE and is also an adjunct senior clinical lecturer attached to the University of Limerick’s graduate medical school, apologised for his conduct shortly after the incident.

Previously, Limerick Court was told he apologised to gardai shortly after the incident.

“In fairness to him, as soon as he came to his sober senses he was very apologetic for his actions,” said Sgt Cronin.

During a brief court sitting this Wednesday, Judge Aeneas McCarthy indicated he will sentence O Flaithbheartaigh on April 11, next.

The defendant was not present in court for Wednesday’s brief hearing due to family commitments, which had been previously flagged.

Judge McCarthy will hear mitigation evidence on the next date and solicitor Darach McCarthy has previously indicated that a number of references will be submitted to the court on behalf of the defendant.

O Flaithbheartaigh was remanded on continuing bail pending next month’s sentencing hearing.