Sunday 19 November 2017

Inquest hears murder suspect complained of bruising

Georgina O'Halloran

THE prime suspect in the fatal shooting of Donna Cleary complained to his solicitor after his arrest about a bruise over his right eye and other marks, an inquest heard yesterday.

Dwayne Foster (24) was found unresponsive in Coolock garda station on March 7, 2006, where he was being held for questioning about the fatal shooting of the mother of one at a party two days earlier.

A post-mortem by the deputy state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis found Mr Foster, of Woodbank Avenue, Finglas, Dublin 11, died from methadone intoxication. Dr Curtis found 34 injuries on Mr Foster's body caused by blunt-force trauma, which did not cause or contribute to death.

Mr Foster may have sustained some of the injuries while he was being subdued by gardai in the course of his arrest at Thornton Lodge, the Curragh, Co Kildare, on March 5.

An inquest at Dublin City Coroner's Court heard that following his arrival at Coolock garda station, Mr Foster spoke to his solicitor, Sean O'Donnell.

The coroner, Dr Brian Farrell, heard that Mr O'Donnell read out a list of complaints made by Mr Foster to station orderly Garda Tara Goode before the solicitor left the station shortly before 2am on March 6.

Mr Foster complained of a bruise over his right eye, a mark at the back of his left hand, bruising at the back of his right hand and over his left knee. He was seen by a doctor at the station.

Gda Goode told the inquest there were no bruises visible on Mr Foster when he arrived at the station shortly before 12.30am on March 6 and that he made no complaints. Asked by Gda Goode during processing if he had any marks, tattoos or scars, Mr Foster indicated a scar on his left wrist.

He also indicated he had received radiotherapy for throat cancer and had a skin condition.

Asked by the coroner if she had asked about injuries, Gda Goode replied that she hadn't.

Det Garda Martin Mulligan, who arrested Mr Foster at Thornton Lodge and accompanied him to the station, said that when Mr Foster was being checked in at the station he noticed "purple blotch marks on his neck, on both sides of his voicebox to around his ears".

The detective garda also heard Mr Foster explain he had suffered from cancer and had had medical treatment.

During questioning of Det Garda Mulligan by Michael Finucane, solicitor for the Foster family, the coroner told the solicitor he was frustrated by the line of questioning.

"We have agreed we are not investigating the minutiae of the arrest," said Dr Farrell.

Det Gda Aidan Delaney, who was involved in the search of Thornton Lodge, told the inquest that Mr Foster appeared very calm to him. He drove Mr Foster to the station and saw no marks on his face.

"At no stage did he make any complaints ... about ill treatment. At no stage was Dwayne Foster mistreated," he added.

The inquest continues today.

Irish Independent

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