Letterkenny man who bit Garda is bound to the peace

March 20, 2021

A LETTERKENNY who man bit a Garda as he resisted arrest during the course of an incident on St Stephen’s night has been bound to the peace.

Gardaí were on patrol at 9.40pm on December 26, 2019 when they observed a male, in the company of another male and a female, unsteady on his feet.

As Gardaí passed, the male, Ryan Keenan (27) of Burnside Apartments, stuck his middle finger up in their direction.

Keenan told the officers to ‘fuck off’.

Keenan subsequently resisted arrest and attempted to pull the legs from under one of the officers.

During the incident, Keenan bit a Garda on the left hand, his teeth puncturing the Garda’s skin.

“The Garda had to forcibly pull his hand from the man’s mouth,” Sergeant Gerard Dalton told Letterkenny District Court.

Solicitor Mr Kieran Dillon said that it was an ‘unfortunate situation’ and that a Garda shouldn’t be subjected to such actions.

An apology and character references were submitted on Keenan’s behalf.

“He is very sorry for his actions,” Mr Dillon said.

“He was in a very difficult period and he had a very serious accident. He was employed as a hairdresser before this accident and he became depressed and very anxious.

“He took to alcohol and that worsened the problem.”

Judge Paul Kelly bound Keenan to the peace for a period of two years.