Tuesday 25 July 2017

Gardai beat and kicked man in face, court told

A 21-year-old man yesterday told a trial that he was beaten with batons and kicked in the face by gardai who came into his bedroom, writes Conor Gallagher.

Owen Gaffney told a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court trial of four gardai that one garda held his mother back while the others stuck him "from every angle".

Gardai Sean O'Leary, Eoin Murtagh, and Claire Delaney of Kilmainham garda station, and Alan Conlon of Kevin Street garda station, have pleaded not guilty to forcing entry to a premises at Basin Street Upper and assaulting Mr Gaffney causing him harm on February 17, 2008.

Gda Murtagh, Gda Conlon and Gda Delaney also pleaded not guilty to the false imprisonment of Fidelma Gaffney.

Mr Gaffney agreed that he had been in trouble with gardai before and "has a good number of convictions". He said he woke to find Gda O'Leary standing over his bed with a baton in his hand and with the other gardai. Mr Gaffney claimed he suffered a swollen nose and lip, cuts, bruises and bumps to the head. The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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