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Garda ‘pulled to the ground’, ‘punched in the face’ and ‘choked’ during arrest in Dublin

A garda was ‘dragged to the ground’, ‘punched in the face’ and ‘strangled’ during a street arrest in Dublin, a court has heard.

Technical support worker Daryl Coyle, 32, with an address in Meath St, Dublin 8, has been charged with criminal damage, resisting arrest, violent behavior at a Garda train station and offenses against public order Friday night.

He appeared before Judge Patricia McNamara at Dublin District Court on Saturday.

A bail hearing was told a pub in Meath St called gardaí after Coyle allegedly walked in yelling at customers.

Gardaí interacted with him outside, when it was claimed he ‘grabbed’ a male garda and ‘dragged him to the ground’ and ‘kicked him in the face, causing him injuries “.

The court heard a female guarda was kicked in the hip and Mr Coyle allegedly ‘choke’ the officer still on the ground.

Pub staff intervened and the accused was arrested. However, Judge McNamara heard charges that he continued to be violent when he was taken to Kevin St Garda station and urinated on a cell door.

CCTV evidence has been obtained and there are likely to be further charges, the court was told.

Defense attorney Sean Lacey asked the court to note that his client had a permanent address, steady employment and no warrant history. He added that Mr. Coyle would abide by any conditions imposed by the court.

He has not yet entered a plea.

Judge McNamara said the defendant enjoyed the presumption of innocence and she should be concerned about the likelihood of him showing up in court.

Granting a deposit of €200, she imposed conditions to log on once a week to a Garda station, provide gardaí with a telephone number on which he must be reached at all times and remain sober.

Judge McNamara granted legal aid and took him into custody, pending posting of bond.

She adjourned the case, pending instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions regarding possible new charges.

He did not address the court and will appear again next week.