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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Drug dealer top suspect in gun assault on garda

Ken Foy Crime Correspondent

Published 14/04/2014 | 13:00

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A NOTORIOUS drug dealer is one of 12 suspects for an assault which saw a detective pistol-whipped.

A NOTORIOUS drug dealer is one of 12 suspects for an assault which saw a detective pistol-whipped.

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The criminal has been identified by gardai as a main suspect after a detective who was held at gunpoint was beaten unconscious by the assailant with a gun in a Dublin park.

The middle-aged detective, who is attached to Sundrive Road garda station, was knocked unconscious in the attack at Ravensdale Park in Kimmage on March 25.

While he is making a good recovery from his injuries, an intensive garda investigation into the incident is continuing.

Sources have revealed that the assault has been uploaded on to the garda's internal G-tube channel which is on the force's computerised Pulse system that allows thousands of officers the opportunity to identify the suspect.

ADDICT

This has led to more than a dozen nominations, including a Ballyfermot gangster who previously served a lengthy jail sentence for heroin dealing.

The career criminal is a heroin addict with a violent criminal pedigree and has been in and out of jail for more than two decades.

The Herald previously revealed that the detective was “extremely lucky” that he was not carrying his own firearm at the time of the incident.

He was on his own when it is believed he saw some suspicious activity described as a hand-over between two men at around 8pm on the date in question.

He then drove up to the two people and identified himself as a detective, but a gun was pulled on him and he was later |assaulted.

The well-respected detective also did not have his garda radio.

CCTV footage from the park shows that when the detective showed his ID card and announced he was going to carry out a drug search, the suspect produced a handgun and threatened the officer.

The gunman demanded that the detective hand over his firearm and police radio.

SHOCK

The officer was then forced to walk to a darkened corner of a nearby green where he was robbed of his ID, notebook and the keys to the squad car which was not stolen.

He was beaten, and although dazed and in shock he eventually made it back to his patrol car and activated a panic alarm to call for assistance.

G-Tube, which is what the garda ‘Youtube’ initiative is known as, is a video streaming service for the force which is available to officers nationwide.

Certain CCTV and crime footage is uploaded on to it and it can be viewed through Pulse, the internal garda intelligence system.

The hi-tech system came into operation in the first months of last year.

It is a joint-initiative by the criminal intelligence officers' office and the garda information and communications technology section.

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