Former garda cleared of assaulting British soldier
A FORMER garda has been acquitted of beating a British armed forces commando about the head and back with a wheel brace at his home following a night out.
Dara Mac Giolla Ri (37) had denied at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Colm Croghan (38) at Mr Mac Giolla Ri's home in Sarsfield Street in Dublin 7 on October 17, 2009.
His co-accused and house-mate, Kenneth Cooney (37), a captain in the Irish Defence Forces, was acquitted of the same charge on Wednesday following two hours' deliberation.
The foreman indicated yesterday that the jury needed more time to consider the charges in relation to Mr Mac Giolla Ri, but after another further two hours, returned the verdict on day-six of the trial.
During proceedings, the court was told an iron bar, which Mr Croghan claimed Capt Cooney had struck him with, had gone missing after it was removed from the flat of the accused.