Garda awarded €50k after face burned with boiling oil during domestic call-out
A Garda who suffered burns to his face after boiling oil was splashed over him during a call-out to a domestic dispute has been awarded €50,000 damages in the High Court.
Garda Michael O'Shea (32), told a Garda compensation hearing that in July 2011 he was called to a domestic row involving the custody of children at Mary Aikenhead House on James Street, Dublin.
Garda O'Shea told his barrister, Francis McGagh, he had explained to the father he would need a court order to get custody of his children and then he spoke to the mother.
She had told him she had boiling cooking oil on the stove which she would throw on the father if he did not leave the apartment. Ms Justice Mary Irvine heard that Garda O'Shea had attempted to reason with her and had then gone back to the father who he was talking to when he had sensed someone approaching from behind.
Garda O'Shea, of The Coast, Baldoyle, Dublin, told the court that when he looked over his shoulder he saw the woman close to them with a pan of boiling oil in her hand. He said the woman intended to throw the oil at the father but he had received most of it.
He had put his right arm up in an attempt to stop the oil which had splashed on his arm, face and chest.
The court heard that Garda O'Shea had been taken to the burns unit in St James' Hospital, Dublin, where second-degree burns on his face, arm and chest were initially treated and dressed.
Awarding Garda O'Shea €50,000 compensation for his injuries against the Minister for Finance, the judge said: "We are very fortunate to have people like Garda O'Shea to protect us within the community."