A GARDA sergeant from Listowel and her former colleague who were convicted in connection with an assault on a Waterford man over two years ago have failed in their attempts to have their convictions overturned on appeal.
In August last year Sergeant Martha McEnery (43), from Listowel, received a four month suspended sentence after a Waterford Circuit Criminal Court jury convicted her of assaulting Anthony Holness (39) at New Street in Waterford on January 29, 2010.
John Burke (40) was jailed for 12 months for attempting to pervert the course of justice.
On Monday, the Court of Criminal Appeal dismissed both of the appeals, having found no "legitimate grounds for criticism".
Presiding judge Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman said this was a "very elaborate case" which had been fought on "every conceivable basis".
He said that gardai had been given powers "far exceeding" those of ordinary citizens and for a free society it was essential that the law apply to them in exactly the same manner as it does to ordinary citizens.
Mr Justice Hardiman said trial judge Leonie Reynolds had ensured a fair trial in "very difficult" circumstances.