Tuesday 17 October 2017

Garda suspended after sending hoax bomb to his superintendent 'as a joke'

Sligo Garda Station
Sligo Garda Station

Greg Harkin

A garda has been suspended from duty after a 'prank' bomb was sent to his boss.

The incident occurred last week at Sligo Garda Station after the hoax device was left in the post at the station for Supt Mary Murray.

Sources say the 'device' was made up from batteries with wires attached and was delivered to the superintendent's office at the garda station.

The Sligo Champion reports today that the garda involved owned up to the prank immediately and apologised for the incident.

The newspaper says the garda had believed that would be the end of the incident.

However an internal investigation was launched and the garda was interviewed by a superintendent from outside the Sligo/Leitrim area.

Sources told independent.ie that there are no plans at this stage to launch a criminal investigation.

"The garda has been suspended from duty pending the outcome of the internal investigation," said one source.

"It appears the garda thought this was a good joke and didn't expect it to go any further."

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