Friday 27 April 2018

Garda who feared British navy officer would kill her is awarded almost €90k

Garda Hilary Lynch leaving court after the hearing
Garda Hilary Lynch leaving court after the hearing

Saurya Cherfi

A garda who believed she would be choked to death when attacked by a "drunken" British navy officer has been awarded almost €90,000 for that attack and another incident.

Garda Hilary Lynch, of Anglesea Street Garda Station, Cork, told a garda compensation hearing that in September 2010 she had been in a patrol car escorting the drunken officer back to his ship at Kennedy Quay, Cork, when he had suddenly grabbed her neck.

Mr Justice Raymond Fullam heard she thought Warrant Officer Robert Nixon, attached to HMS Mersey, was going to kill her. A Warrant Officer (WO) is a member of the highest group of non-commissioned ranks in the British armed forces and obtains the rank by holding the Queen's Warrant.

Judge Fullam was told that colleagues in the squad car had succeeded in restraining Nixon, who had been arrested and charged in Cork District Court with assaulting Garda Lynch. Nixon had later been ordered to pay her €5,000 compensation.

Gda Lynch later felt pain in her left jaw, which had developed as a temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TJD), a disorder causing pain and clicking noises during jaw movements.

The court heard that the assault had exacerbated symptoms of a neck injury she had suffered as a result of a previous attack by another man in December 2008.

She had been on cycle duty when she intervened in an altercation between a man and two women in Cork and had been pushed to the ground off her bicycle.

Gda Lynch, who received 9/10 in a Garda Exam for Sergeant, said she was never promoted and alleged her career had been affected because of her injuries. Judge Fullam awarded her €47,674 compensation in relation to the bicycle incident, and €41,823 in relation to her assault by the British officer, a total of €89,497.

Irish Independent

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