Judge awards garda €17,000 for injury to ankle
AN athlete missed out on an opportunity to win selection to represent his country due to an ankle injury inflicted while on duty as a garda, a court heard.
Garda Keith King in 2010, a year before his injury, had won two Munster titles, the senior long and high jumps, with silver in the triple jump, and bronze medals in the discus and javelin.
He was kicked in his left ankle by a man he was attempting to arrest for suspected motor scooter theft in Moyross, Limerick, in May 2011.
Garda King, of Mayorstone garda station, Limerick, told Ms Justice Mary Irvine in a garda compensation hearing that he was unable to compete in the 2011 senior championships and had missed an opportunity for national selection in athletics.
He said the kick had damaged his ligaments. He was off duty for 10 weeks before resuming light duties for another eight weeks. Garda King said he had been unable to help his partner plan their wedding.
Judge Irvine awarded Garda King €17,000 compensation against the Finance Minister.