Friday 23 February 2018

Garda tells of headbutting incident prior to prisoner’s incarceration

Ray Managh

A prisoner, who in 2007 made a phone call from his cell to the Joe Duffy Liveline programme, headbutted a garda prior to his incarceration in Portlaoise Prison for armed robbery, a judge heard today.

Former Garda Ray Carey told Ms Justice Mary Irvine that the headbutting incident had occurred on St Patrick’s Day 2003 at Tolka Valley Park where he had been called to help colleagues arrest three men.

He said one of the men had been the late John Daly, the man who had telephoned the Joe Duffy show from his cell. Carey said Daly had been murdered shortly after his release from prison.

Carey told his counsel, Cormac Quinn, that all three men had become violent following their arrest. They had been put in a garda van and Daly had struck him with his head on his nose.

He told the court his nose was bleeding and he had been brought to the Mater Hospital where it was found it had been deviated to the left. A consultant had told him he could break and re-set his nose but he had not found the idea attractive at the time.

Carey said he decided to wait and see how the injury would progress. He had been discharged from hospital that night with some painkillers.

Judge Irvine heard that Carey (31) of Esker Park, Lucan, Co Dublin, had been a keen gaelic footballer but had found it harder to recover from training following his injury.

He told the judge he had difficulty breathing, suffered from snoring and his wife had regularly told him to sleep downstairs. He had resigned from the garda in 2004 and had taken up work with the Department of Social Welfare.

Carey said surgery on his nose had not been possible in the aftermath of the incident because he had been funding college law studies. He was now anxious to have a procedure carried out to straighten his nose.

Judge Irvine, awarding Carey €18,000 compensation, said he had been left with breathing difficulties because of his air passages not being perfect. He tended to snore and had been “thrown out of the matrimonial bed” on a number of occasions.

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