Garda stabbed with a cattle needle
TWO LOCAL MEN were questioned by gardaí after an off-duty garda was stabbed in the upper leg by a cattle needle while socialising in a Drogheda town centre bar.
The incident took place in McPhail's, Laurence Street, last Friday night, when the female garda felt a sharp pain near her behind as she waited at the bar, and it transpired she had been stuck with a large needle.
She will have to wait a number of months for results of HIV or Hepatitis tests.
The man with the needle, believed to be a farmer from the Dundalk area, was arrested at the scene with another male in his 40s, after the woman grabbed his hand following the minor assault and discovered the implement in his closed fist.
Gardaí in Drogheda confirmed the alleged victim was an off-duty garda, not based in Drogheda. A file is being prepared for the DPP.