€35k for garda left scarred after being knifed in the face
A Detective Garda, who was stabbed under his right eye after he was called to sort out trouble on Halloween night, has been awarded more than €35,000 damages in the High Court.
Det Garda Liam Dolan (53) told a Garda Compensation hearing that he had just got out of his car in the Otomy Drive area of Clane, Co Kildare, on Halloween night in 2010 when a group of youths ran at him, one teenager striking him in the face.
Mr Justice Bernard Barton heard that Det Garda Dolan, who is stationed at Naas Garda Station, had been "knifed on his cheekbone" and had fallen, bleeding heavily.
Barrister for Det Garda Dolan, Frank Crean said his client was rushed to Naas General Hospital, before being transferred to St James's Hospital in Dublin where his laceration was sutured. The court heard he did not suffer any nerve damage.
Mr Crean said Det Garda Dolan, who sued the Minister for Finance, had suffered post-traumatic stress type symptoms following the assault and had been out of work for several weeks.
The court heard that Det Garda Dolan, a married father-of-three, suffered anxiety, flashbacks and sleep disturbance after the incident.
His symptoms had now significantly reduced, although there "had not been a day when he had not thought about the incident". The court heard the wound had left a visible and permanent scar.
The State argued that Det Garda Dolan's quality of life had not been adversely impaired after the attack.
Judge Barton said he was satisfied the laceration had left a cosmetic deformity on Det Garda Dolan's face. Awarding him €35,780 damages, the judge said he accepted Det Garda Dolan suffered minor psychological injuries.