Monday 19 March 2018

Former gardaí jailed over brutal Waterford assault

TWO ex-gardaí have been given prison sentences following an assault on a man in 2010.

They were convicted in connection with the Waterford attack on Anthony Holness, 38, in the early hours of 29 January of that year.

In August this year, three gardaí were found guilty.

One garda was acquitted.

Garda Daniel Hickey was found guilty of assault causing harm, while Sergeant Martha McEnery was found guilty of assault.

Also, Garda John Burke was found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice by turning a CCTV camera away from the scene a number of times during the assault.

Today, Daniel Hickey was given a three-year sentence with 18 months, suspended, for assault causing harm to Mr Holness.

John Burke was given a two-year sentence with 12 months suspended for attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The court heard that Hickey and Burke are now no longer gardaí

Sergeant Martha McEnery was given a four-month suspended sentence.

Handing down sentence, Judge Leonie Reynolds told Waterford Circuit Court of the ferocity that Mr Holness was subjected to and of the sinister and disturbing dimension added to the case by Burke.

She said that what Hickey had done was an act of ’’thuggery and blatant criminality’’

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