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Man convicted of assaulting garda and damaging a cell at Mayfield Garda Station

A man accused of assaulting a garda and damaging a cell at a Mayfield station was convicted in his absence yesterday.

When warned by a garda that his actions would amount to criminal damage on the night, he replied: “I will criminal damage you.”

The case against Enrikas Rynigis, aged 30, of Spring Lane, Blackpool, was listed for hearing at Cork District Court yesterday.

Rynigis failed to attend but his solicitor, Eddie Burke, was present for the case.

Judge Con O’Leary heard the evidence and then convicted the accused man on both charges, namely assaulting Garda Craig Peterson and causing criminal damage to Mayfield Garda Station on December 6, 2017.

Garda Peterson testified that it took three members of An Garda Síochána some time to handcuff the defendant’s hands behind his back.

“He was lying on his stomach on the bed,” he said. “We struggled to get his left hand proximate to get it in the handcuff. His legs were kicking backwards the entire time.

“It took a considerable amount of time with the three guards on top of him to restrain him. Subsequent to him kicking me, I felt pain in my left leg and right thigh.

“I was in a considerable amount of pain. I volunteer as a rugby referee. I was not able to do that for about six months afterwards.”

Shortly before 4am, Gda Peterson returned to the cell because he heard the defendant banging handcuffs against the wall. He had managed to get his cuffed hands from behind his back and to put them in front of himself.

Garda Peterson warned him that damaging the wall with the cuffs would amount to criminal damage. Rynigis replied: “I will criminal damage you.” He later told Gda Peterson to f**k off.

Garda Peterson told Judge O’Leary there was damage to paintwork in the cell where the accused had been banging.

Judge O’Leary put sentencing back until June 18 and said he would impose sentence on that date with or without the defendant being present.