Thursday 19 July 2018

'I have a permanent scar because I helped a garda' - Good Samaritan has regrets about trying to help in arrest

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Isabel Hayes

A good samaritan who was assaulted after he tried to help a garda make an arrest has said he would think twice about helping again, a Dublin court has heard.

Ian Brady (31) formerly of Beaver Street, Dublin 1, but now living in hostel accommodation, was given a three year suspended sentence by Judge Elma Sheahan at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

He had pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Gerard O'Toole on Beaver St, Dublin 1 on June 17, 2014. He has 38 previous convictions.

The court heard Garda Shona Moran approached Brady and another man on the street after she suspected a drug deal was taking place. Brady's companion fled the scene and was followed by the garda.

Gerard O'Toole, a 51-year-old GPO worker who was on the way to his mother's house, saw the man running away from Gda Moran and put out a hand to stop him. He didn't make contact, but was immediately approached by Brady who then punched him in the forehead.

The incident was captured on CCTV.

Mr O'Toole suffered a severe laceration and was left with a scar on his forehead.

“I have a permanent scar because I helped a garda,” he said in a victim impact report handed in to court. “I'd think twice about doing that again.”

Defence barrister, Luigi Rea BL, said Brady was the “white sheep of his family”, who came from a deprived background but managed to hold down a job as a car valet for a few years.

He lost his job during the recession, became depressed and turned to drugs, the court heard.

He was remorseful for his actions and had not come before garda attention since, the court heard.

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