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Aisling Connor was awarded €24,000 compensation at the High Court

Aisling Connor was awarded €24,000 compensation at the High Court

Aisling Connor was awarded €24,000 compensation at the High Court

A 37-YEAR-OLD Garda who was pushed, punched and kicked by a man in custody was awarded €24,000 compensation in the High Court today.

Garda Aisling Connor told a Garda Compensation hearing that on the night of 27th April 2007, she was Member in Charge for people in custody in Ashbourne Garda Station, Co Meath, when a “very aggressive and abusive” man was brought in by one of her colleagues.

Garda Connor, of Highmeadows, Duleek, Co Louth, told her barrister Conor Kearney that as she and two colleagues were escorting him to his cell, he tried to head butt her in the face.

Ms Justice Mary Irvine heard that the man became “extremely violent,” pushed Garda Connor against a wall and was punching and kicking, striking the three Gardaí.

The court was told that the man, who was eventually handcuffed and placed in the cell, was later charged and released.

Garda Connor, who received kicks to her shins and calves, said her left elbow was injured when she was pushed against the wall. She had attended her GP two days later and X-rays revealed no fracture.

Mr Kearney said Garda Connor sustained soft tissue injuries to her legs and a nerve injury to her elbow. She had received physiotherapy and had been out of work for several weeks.

The court heard that Garda Connor was experiencing numbness along with pins and needles in her left hand when she flexed her elbow. She had to give up playing basketball. Judge Irvine awarded her €24,000 compensation.

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