Tuesday 21 April 2015

Alleged garda sex victim wants to meet Martin

Paul Williams

Published 15/04/2014 | 02:30

A woman who claims she was sexually abused by a serving garda, before the incident was covered up, has requested an urgent meeting with Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin (pictured)
A woman who claims she was sexually abused by a serving garda, before the incident was covered up, has requested an urgent meeting with Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin (pictured)

A YOUNG woman who claims she was sexually abused by a serving garda, and that the incident was covered up, has requested an urgent meeting with Micheal Martin.

The Fianna Fail leader has already brought a dossier of alleged garda malpractice cases to the Taoiseach's attention.

Now the woman wants to meet Mr Martin in order to highlight her own case – and outline claims that her allegations of being sexually assaulted by the still-serving garda were not properly investigated.

Yesterday, contact was made with Mr Martin's office in order to set up a meeting with him, and she is awaiting a response.

She claims a previous investigation into her complaint was flawed because it was conducted by a senior officer who worked with both her alleged attacker and her father, who is also a serving garda.

She has also claimed that her complaint against the garda was never recorded on the Pulse internal computer database – considered a serious breach of discipline.

The woman (22), claims she was six when she was abused.

The allegations were reported in the same divisional area where the alleged assailant and the girl's father worked.

A file was sent to the DPP, who later decided that there was insufficient evidence with which to charge the garda.

FARCE

She told the Irish Independent yesterday: "The fact that the original complaint and the subsequent investigation were not recorded on the garda's Pulse system, I believe was done in an effort to cover it up, and I want this fully investigated."

It is mandatory for gardai to record all criminal complaints on Pulse. The woman added: "I honestly think that it was just brushed under the carpet which is why the incident was not even recorded on the Pulse system. The investigation was a farce."

She added that she is seeking legal advice about taking a civil case against the garda authorities and her alleged attacker.

"The whistleblowers' controversy brought back to me the whole anger about what happened to me, and reinforced the reason that I hadn't originally come forward – because I was afraid of not being believed."

Gardai have refused to comment on the woman's claims.

Irish Independent

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