Sunday 22 January 2017

Gsoc probe as bottle smashed over garda's head in row

Ken Foy and Martin Grant

Published 10/08/2016 | 02:30

The Garda Síochana Ombudsman is investigating the incident which unfolded in Temple Bar on Sunday morning. Stock picture
The Garda Síochana Ombudsman is investigating the incident which unfolded in Temple Bar on Sunday morning. Stock picture

An investigation is under way into a violent incident which left a garda hospitalised with serious facial injuries.

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The Dublin-based garda, who was off-duty at the time, had a bottle smashed over his head.

The Garda Síochana Ombudsman is investigating the incident which unfolded in Temple Bar on Sunday morning.

The garda suffered a fractured eye socket as well as injuries to his head and arm tendons after the altercation which occurred on Fleet Street shortly before 1.30am.

Five men, including the injured officer, were allegedly involved in the confrontation.

Two north inner city Dublin men were arrested at the scene outside Gallagher's Boxty House. They are aged in their late 20s and early 30s and both are well known to gardaí in relation to previous offences.

The two suspects were brought to Pearse Street Garda Station where they were questioned about the assault.

They were later released without charge and a file on the case will now be prepared for the DPP.

It is understood the injured officer had been socialising with two other off-duty colleagues who were present when the altercation happened.

The incident was reported to Gsoc on Sunday and has been under investigation since then.

Investigators have gathered CCTV footage and may also launch an internal enquiry.

Yesterday, Gsoc issued an appeal for information from the public about the case.

The incident was referred to Gsoc under section 102 of the Garda Síochána Act, 2005, which provides for independent investigation of "any matter that appears to indicate that the conduct of a member of the Garda Síochána may have resulted in the death of, or serious harm to, a person".

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