Female garda awarded €15,000 after punch in face by woman
A 34-YEAR-OLD garda, who was stunned when another woman punched her on the nose, has been awarded more than €15,000 in damages at a High Court garda compensation hearing.
Garda Shauna Keane, of Cappahard, Tulla Road, Ennis, Co Clare, told Ms Justice Mary Irvine that she was searching a woman in a private room when the prisoner lashed out at her.
Garda Keane said she had been stationed in Waterford Road Garda Station, Cork, on November 3, 2005, when she was called to a disturbance at Guarranabraher, in Cork city’s northside, where three prisoners, including the woman, had been held.
While searching the highly intoxicated woman in Guarranabraher Garda Station, the agitated prisoner continuously roared and shouted, was abusive to everyone and had tried to hit her.
Garda Keane had warded off the attempted strikes and the woman had calmed down only to punch her in the nose as soon as she had lowered her guard.
She told the court she had been stunned and was bleeding. When she returned to her own garda station the local sergeant had taken her to hospital. Since the incident she had been transferred to Ennis.
Garda Keane said she suffered a lot of pain to her face and nose and had been off work for six weeks. Her doctor had referred her to an ear, nose and throat specialist who had carried out a fibre-optic internal examination of her nose. She still had to use a steroid spray to counter the feeling of a drip on her nose.
“I don’t have any problems now with it. It’s more of an irritation and I won’t allow it to interfere with my life,” she said.
Awarding Garda Keane €15,750 compensation, Judge Irvine said she had suffered ongoing headaches for a time, nose bleeds and nasal congestion.