A GARDA who was pushed, punched and kicked by a man in custody has been awarded €24,000 compensation in the High Court.
Garda Aisling Connor (37) told the court that on the night of April 27, 2007, she was on duty at Ashbourne garda station, Co Meath, when a "very aggressive and abusive" man was brought in by one of her colleagues.
Gda Connor, of Highmeadows, Duleek, Co Louth, told the hearing the man tried to head butt her in the face as she and two colleagues were escorting him to his cell.
Ms Justice Mary Irvine heard that the man became "extremely violent", pushed Garda Connor against a wall and was punching and kicking, striking the three gardai.
The court was told that the man, who was eventually handcuffed and placed in the cell, was later charged and released.
Gda Connor, who received kicks to her shins and calves, said her left elbow was injured when she was pushed against the wall.
She had attended her GP two days later and X-rays revealed no fracture.
Gda Connor's barrister Conor Kearney said his client sustained soft tissue injuries to her legs and a nerve injury to her elbow.
She had received physiotherapy and had been out of work for several weeks.
The court heard that Gda Connor was experiencing numbness along with pins and needles in her left hand when she flexed her elbow and has been forced to give up playing basketball.
Judge Irvine awarded her €24,000 compensation.