A man who headbutted a social worker after he called to his home in Letterkenny for an appointment has been ordered to keep the peace.

Patrick Mongan appeared today at Letterkenny District Court charged with assault at Cashel Park on February 16th, 2018.

The court heard that social workers had called to the family home for an appointment with Mrs Mongan.

While there Mongan returned to the house and was drunk and got into an altercation with the social workers.

He became abusive and was asked to leave but he headbutted one of the social workers with a glancing blow.

He was arrested and charged with a Section 2 assault.

His solicitor Donagh Cleary had previously told the court that his client in his 30s, struggles with alcohol and is currently undertaking an anger management course.

The case had been adjourned to hear a victim impact statement from the social worker who was headbutted.

The court was told by Garda Inspector David Durkin that the social worker did not wish to make a statement as he had not been seriously hurt in the attack.

Judge Paul Kelly said that Mongan should be thankful of the gracious attitude shown by the social worker towards the case.

He ordered Mongan to sign a peace bond and be of good behaviour for a year.

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