Saturday 25 November 2017

Commissioner pays tribute after death of sergeant (32)

Louise Hogan and Tom Brady

THE Garda Commissioner last night paid tribute to father-of-two Sgt Bryan McGlinn, who died suddenly.

Sgt McGlinn (32), who was based in the busy detective unit at Store Street garda station in Dublin's city centre, was described as a "very valued and trusted member" of the garda community.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said the death of Sgt McGlinn -- who was one of the lead detectives in the high-profile Columbian jewel thief case -- was "tragic".

Gardai said he died from a medical condition. An autopsy is expected to be carried out to determine the cause of death.

Colleagues reported he had complained of headaches since banging his head last week while attending a Leinster rugby match in a private capacity. The sergeant, who was originally from Glanmire, Co Cork, died on Monday at his home in Ratoath, Co Meath, which he shared with his wife Noreen and two young children -- one aged three and the other just five months.

It is the second tragedy to affect the Glanmire family in recent years after his younger brother Kieran McGlinn (21) died following a motorbike crash in Cyprus in 2005. He is mourned by his parents, Peter and Margaret, brother Gary and his wife of four years, Noreen, and their two children.

"The community are stunned and shocked that such a sad pall has visited the family again," Cork councillor Gerry Kelly said.

Supt Frank Clerkin at Store Street station said he would be deeply missed by his colleagues and friends.

"He had it all -- he had great ability as a police officer and as a person as well," he said.

He will be given a state funeral at St Joseph's Church, Springhill, Glanmire, following Mass at 2.30pm tomorrow.

The garda was promoted to sergeant following his role as one of the lead detectives in the high-profile arrest of an international conman, Juan Carlos Guzman-Betancourt, who was wanted in several jurisdictions throughout the world.

Irish Independent

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