Saturday 24 February 2018

Accused 'sorry' after alleged attack

Barry Duggan

A YOUNG man apologised to gardai after he was charged with assaulting an off-duty officer who suffered a fractured skull, a court heard.

Michael Fitzgerald (20), of Cloughnadromin, Ballysimon, Co Limerick, was arrested by gardai investigating an assault on Garda Dermot Gibson on St Patrick's Road, Limerick on September 16 last.

The off-duty officer, who is based in Gort garda station, was making his way home along with his wife, following a night out in Limerick, when he was attacked and suffered a fractured skull.

He was released from hospital less than a fortnight ago.

Mr Fitzgerald is charged with the assault of Garda Dermot Gibson on St Patrick's Road, Limerick, on September 16 last.

Det Garda Ivan Muldoon, of Henry Street garda station, gave evidence at Limerick District Court yesterday of arresting and charging Mr Fitzgerald.

Judge Eugene O'Kelly heard that when the accused man was charged, he replied: "I'm sorry for my actions on the night."

The accused man was granted bail on his own bond €1,200 and an independent surety of €1,200, subject to a number of conditions. They include: that he must sign on daily at Roxboro garda station, live at his home address and stay away from Granville Park and Childers' Road area of Limerick city. The case was adjourned until October 16 next.

Separately, a 15-year-old teenager appeared before a juvenile court sitting in Limerick yesterday in connection with the same incident.

He is charged with theft from Garda Gibson's wife, Audrey, on September 16 last at St Patrick's Road. Her handbag and its contents were stolen during the incident.

Irish Independent

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