Tuesday 27 September 2016

Victim of alleged homophobic gang attack reports gardaí to Ombudsman

Published 07/09/2016 | 18:32

Images taken after the attack. Pic: theoutmost.com
Images taken after the attack. Pic: theoutmost.com

A man who claims he was beaten in an alleged homophobic attack in Dublin's Phoenix Park has reported officers investigating his case to the Garda Ombudsman.

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The IT engineer, named as Marcin Malinowski (38), said he was badly beaten by a group of up to 10 teenagers on bicycles on July 30.

Phoenix Park: The Obelisk.
Phoenix Park: The Obelisk.

He claims that during the incident he was subjected to verbal homophobic abuse.

Now Mr Malinowski [Not his surname] has told The Guardian newspaper that he has made a complaint to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) over the garda handling of the case.

He claimed: “The whole thing from the start seemed organised. They were all on bikes and in front of them were there guys in the black Golf goading them on. They were out hunting for victims. The men in the car were shouting and yelling, ‘Kill the fa***t’.”

“When they started to follow me I tried to outrun them on my bike, but eventually by the time I got to the cricket club they had caught up and I got knocked off my bike by a tree. Some of the boys ran to the car boot and pulled out metal bars, and then I knew I had to fight for my life.”

Images taken after the attack. Pic: theoutmost.com
Images taken after the attack. Pic: theoutmost.com
Images taken after the attack. Pic: theoutmost.com

Mr Malinowski , a Polish immigrant, sustained cuts and bruises all over his body, while his face was badly swollen from the beating.

Pictures posted on GCN show the injuries he sustained in the attack.

He told the newspaper that the trauma of the attack was compounded by his alleged mist treatment at the hands of An Garda Siochana.

In the first interview, he claimed he was asked if he was sure it was a "hate crime".

He claimed that during the second meeting he was asked: "Did you do anything to provoke them?"

A garda spokesperson confirmed that officers in Cabra are investigating an attack that took place at 9.30pm in the Phoenix Park.

Images taken after the attack. Pic: theoutmost.com
Images taken after the attack. Pic: theoutmost.com
Images taken after the attack. Pic: theoutmost.com

Officers are unable to comment on any Ombudsman investigation.

A GSOC spokeswoman said they do not comment on complaint investigations.

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