Garda gets €27,000 for arm injuries
A YOUNG garda, who was injured while attempting to arrest a man who had been involved in two shootings, has been awarded just over €27,000 damages in the High Court.
Crime Task Force member Kieran O'Sullivan told Mr Justice Dan Herbert that in February 2008 he had been on duty with a colleague when they saw a man acting suspiciously around parked cars near Dolphin House Flats, Dublin.
When they stopped him for questioning he ran off and Gda O'Sullivan gave chase.
As Gda O'Sullivan was about to grab him the man pulled a clothes line down which hit Gda O'Sullivan in the face and threw him to the ground.
Gda O'Sullivan told the High Court Garda Compensation hearing that his colleague managed to catch the suspect.
He said he had been unable to help his colleague because he injured both his arms.
It was discovered following the arrest that the man had earlier been involved in two separate shootings.
Judge Herbert said Gda O'Sullivan's injuries included a fractured bone in his left hand. The main injury had not fully cleared up for almost two years.
Judge Herbert said there was no functional threat to Gda O'Sullivan's career.
Independent.ie Comments Facility
INM has taken the decision to remove the commenting facility on its online platform Independent.ie to minimise the legal risk to our business that arises from Ireland's draconian libel awards system.
We continue to look forward to receiving comments through direct email contact or via social media, some of which may still be featured on the website Independent.ie