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Monday 23 April 2018

20 private cars of gardai vandalised near court complex

The cars were parked close to the Courts of Criminal Justice
The cars were parked close to the Courts of Criminal Justice

Robin Schiller

Twenty private vehicles belonging to gardai have been damaged while the officers attended court sittings in the capital.

The incidents have happened several times over the past months, with 12 cars targeted in a single afternoon.

Vehicles have been vandalised with what are believed to be carpet knives, while windows have also been broken and tyres slashed.


A profanity was also scratched on the bonnet of one car.

In another incident, only days before the 12 cars were damaged on February 3, the windows of another officer's car were smashed its tyres slashed.

All of the incidents happened on Chesterfield Avenue in the Phoenix Park, which is adjacent to the Criminal Courts of Justice on nearby Parkgate Street.

A source said that those responsible for the attacks are deliberately targeting the private vehicles of gardai in what has been described as a series of "sinister" incidents.

"Up to 20 cars have been damaged over the last number of weeks in and around the Wellington Road area of the Phoenix Park. They could be viewed as attempts to intimidate gardai who are attending court sittings," the source said.

"The destruction and damage of anyone's property is unacceptable, but the manner in which these incidents have been carried out on gardai are very sinister.

"There is no doubt that the attacks are deliberately aimed at members of An Garda Siochana."

The vandalism has happened between 10.30am and 3pm when gardai would be in court giving evidence or attending bail hearings.


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