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'Garda warned to stay silent over colleague accused of assault'

A GARDA told a court yesterday that a colleague accused of assault had told her not to say anything if she was asked about the alleged incident.

Garda Caroline Breslin, then a student garda, said she was in a patrol car with Gda Alan Conlon a few days after the alleged assault when he told her to say nothing. Gda Breslin said she had been outside the flat where the alleged assault occurred, but heard a woman screaming inside.

Gda Conlon, who was stationed at Kevin Street station at the time, and gardai Eoin Murtagh, Claire Delaney and Sean O'Leary of Kilmainham garda station, have pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Owen Gaffney (21) at Basin Street Upper in Dublin, causing him harm, on February 17, 2008.

Gardai Murtagh, Conlon and Delaney have also pleaded not guilty to the false imprisonment of Fidelma Gaffney on the same occasion.

Gda Breslin said she was in a patrol car driven by Gda Conlon on February 17, 2008 when he mentioned a man who had threatened to bite his nose off. The car drove around the Basin Street area and Gda Conlon radioed the car occupied by the other three accused and then student garda Catherine Patterson.

Gda Breslin agreed that she hadn't seen anything from her position outside the flat's door.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent