Son of developer injured in stand-off with bailiffs
A SON of a property developer, who is fighting a bank over debts of €17.4m, was treated in hospital for concussion after being injured during a tense stand-off with bailiffs.
Gardai were called to the luxury estate, Myra Manor, in north Co Dublin, after sheriff's officials moved in to repossess the property.
Developer Tom Darcy is being pursued by AIB for €17.4m and last year the High Court gave the bank a possession order for four of his properties.
Mr Darcy has since lodged an appeal to the Supreme Court and is awaiting a hearing date.
However, earlier this week the sheriff moved in to take possession of one of those properties, a partially completed house, 17 Myra Manor.
During a confrontation with officials from the sheriff's office, Mr Darcy's son, David, fell backwards and struck his head, sustaining a concussion. He was taken to hospital where he was kept overnight.
Mr Darcy told the Irish Independent his son would be making an official complaint to gardai over the incident.
However, Sheriff John Fitzpatrick strenuously denied that any of his officials assaulted David Darcy, saying "we didn't lay a finger on him".
"There was a verbal altercation, we told them to get out and they said 'No, I have an appeal'. We had no notice of that. My bailiff called the gardai, the gardai arrived and again there was a verbal altercation.
"The son got involved, he tripped and fell. It wasn't a major fall. We called the ambulance and the gardai witnessed what happened," he added.