A 28-year-old man who allegedly bit a nightclub doorman during an altercation after he was refused admission, was sentenced to three months at Dundalk district court last week.
Richard Gorman with an addresses at Ath Leathan and Waterville Crescent, Dundalk was prosecuted for assault causing harm arising out of the incident on Park Street on September 16th 2012.
The court heard the altercation was at the front door of Ridley’s nightclub where door staff were having difficulty with the accused who Insp. Paul Kiernan said was in “a highly volatile state”.
He said the doorman received an injury to his ear after he alleged he had been attacked and bitten by the accused, who the court was told was violent when he was being placed into the back of a patrol car and attempted to kick a garda.
Insp. Kieran said Richard Gorman had 28 previous convictions including public order and dangerous driving.
The Defence solicitor said the offence occurred almost two years ago and his client had since been diagnosed with a quite severe form of epilepsy. He said that some of his behaviour was misunderstood as drinking to excess and he had very little memory of the incident which centred on a disagreement of him not being let into the premises.
The solicitor added that due to his client’s medical condition he was not considered suitable for community service over health and safety concerns.
Judge Flann Brennan said the accused has a very bad record and while he accepted the evidence he had heard in relation to his epilepsy and his behaviour being misunderstood he said “it does not absolve him”
In imposing a three month sentence, the Judge added that “people who bite are cowards”.
He imposed a concurrent one month sentence for a public order incident on Earl Street on the 21st of October 2012, when gardai tried to break up a fighting involving a number of men. The Judge said the accused could appeal on his own bond of €100.
The court heard the officers had to produce their batons during the incident.
Richard Gorman was charged with obstruction and using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour.
The court his brother Mark - who is serving a two year sentence imposed by the Circuit Court, was charged with assault. Judge Brennan said in view of his record he would impose a three month sentence.
Another co-accused Michael O’Connor (29) of Aghameen Park, Muirhevnamor was fined a total of €300 for two public order offences.