Monday 18 December 2017

Garda guilty of sexually assaulting a colleague

Stephen Maguire

A SERVING garda has been found guilty of sexual assault and harassment of two of his female colleagues.

Gda Kevin Corby, who is married, was found guilty of two charges of harassment and one charge of sexual assault in 2010 and 2011 in Co Donegal.

He was found not guilty of five further charges of sexual assault. Another charge of sexual assault had been struck out earlier in the trial.

The husband of one of the victims broke down in tears as the verdicts were read out.

The three-day trial heard detailed evidence of how the two female gardai were allegedly sexually assaulted and harassed by Corby.

Corby, who is in his 30s, faced seven charges of sexual assault and two charges of harassment, but one of the charges of sexual assault was withdrawn by Judge John O'Hagan.

The incidents happened over a number of months in 2010 and 2011.

The court heard how the married officer insulted the women about their sex lives and their weight.

They revealed how they dreaded going to work because of the harassment, and one of them even tried to take her own life. The officer taunted them about needing to "get a good ride" and not eating too much or they wouldn't get a man.

The court also heard how Corby, on two occasions, pushed them along a corridor in a swivel chair and pressed his groin up against them.

On another occasion, he pushed himself up against one of the women from behind and she could feel his erect penis pressing against her.

One of the women also claimed that Corby put his hand into her garda vest on one occasion and touched her breast.

On another occasion while in a patrol car, Corby put his hand on one of the female garda's legs and moved it up towards her groin area and told her if her husband didn't do it then he would.

The court heard how the accused was known as "Cheeky Corby".

Summing up, Corby's barrister, Peter Nolan, said the case was a "storm in a teacup" and an example of "political correctness gone mad".


He also referred to the fact that one of the female gardai had bought Corby red Santa boxer shorts as a present for Christmas only weeks after some of the incidents were alleged to have taken place.

But state barrister Patricia McLaughlin put it to the jury that if it was their wife, daughter or sister, would they not think it was indecent?

Judge John O'Hagan said he would pass sentence in January.

He released Corby on his continuing bail for probation, welfare and community service reports and also ordered victim impact statements.

Corby was hugged by his wife, while one of the female victims held hands with her husband as he cried.

Irish Independent

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