Two men charged with assault and violent disorder after two Gardaí attacked in Ballyfermot

Two men have been charged with violent disorder and assault after two Gardaí were attacked in Ballyfermot on Sunday night.

The men, one in his 50s and the other in his 30s, appeared before a Dublin District Court hearing in the Dublin Criminal Courts this morning charged in connection with the assaults, which required hospital treatment for the Gardaí.

Anthony Grogan, 54, of Cherry Orchard Park, Dublin 10, and Steven Byrne, 35, of Ballyfermot Avenue, Dublin 10, have both been charged with two assaults on a Garda and one count of violent disorder.

They appeared before Judge Paula Murphy.

Garda Conor Dooley of Ballyfermot Garda Station gave evidence of the arrest, charge and warning of Steven Byrne, while the arrest of Anthony Grogan was detailed by Garda Philip Nash, also of Ballyfermot Garda Station.

The court heard that both men did not respond to the charges.

Both men applied for bail, but Gardai refused due to the seriousness of the charges.

The court heard that the charges of attacking the Gardai could carry a maximum sentence of five years and the charge of violent disturbance could carry a maximum sentence of 10 years.

Garda Dooley said the incident was potentially “life-changing” for the victims and defendants.

The Gardai also said that both men were arrested at the scene of the incident, there was significant CCTV evidence. They also felt that both men posed a risk of escape.

The court heard that Mr Grogan is an unemployed married father of five and has four grandchildren, while Mr Byrne is a father of three working in the pest control industry.

Judge Murphy said the charges in the case are very serious and could carry significant prison sentences, but the defendants are entitled to a presumption of innocence.

She granted Grogan bail on the condition that he would offer his own $10,000 bail, of which $5,000 would have to be posted, as well as an independent bond of $5,000.

He was also ordered to reside at his address, observe a 11pm to 6am curfew, surrender his passport, remain in jurisdiction, report to Ballyfermot Garda Station between 9am and 9pm and be available for Gardai.

Byrne was granted bail on condition that he would post his own bail of €6,000 with a deposit of €3,000 and an independent bond of €10,000, of which €5,000 was postable.

He was also ordered to reside at his address, observe a curfew from 11pm to 6am, surrender his passport, remain in the jurisdiction, report to Ballyfermot Garda Street between 9am and 9pm. Registering station, being available for Gardai and not having contact with him are also charged.

Both Grogan and Byrne were remanded in custody at Cloverhill Prison on bail agreement, with Grogan due to appear again in court on November 29 via video link and Bryne to appear tomorrow, November 23.

Four people have been arrested in connection with the incident, with a woman in her 50s being charged and released from custody by Gardaí on Monday, while a fourth man in his 40s remains in Gardai custody in connection with the assaults.

A Garda suffered facial injuries after being hit in the head with his own torch just after midnight during the attack outside a pub in Ballyfermot in the early hours of this morning.

Responding to reports of an argument at the site, officers were attacked after trying to defuse the situation.

The attack comes just weeks after a Garda car was rammed in Ballyfermot, after which more resources were promised to support officials in the area.

Sources told the Irish Independent that the two injured Gardaí were attached to another station but had been deployed to the area to increase resources.

The male Garda was punched and kicked multiple times while also being hit with his own torch.

His colleague also sustained injuries and both were taken to St James’s Hospital.

The Garda male required multiple stitches and staples due to head injuries and underwent further scans before being released yesterday.

The officer was released after initial treatment and is also recovering at home. Two men charged with assault and violent disorder after two Gardaí attacked in Ballyfermot

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