Saturday 21 April 2018

McCabe colleague felt 'sick to the stomach' over report on daughter

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Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

The father of Ms D, the woman who claimed she was molested as a child by Sergeant Maurice McCabe, was shown a HSE report relating to his daughter by a Garda superintendent.

The man, who was a garda colleague of Sgt McCabe, said he got a "fierce shock" when he read the report as it contained an allegation he had not been aware of. It later transpired the allegation, relating to digital penetration, both vaginal and anal, had ended up in the report due to a mistake by the woman's counsellor, Laura Brophy.

Ms D had never made such an allegation. She had claimed Sgt McCabe "dry humped" her when she was six or seven during a game of hide and seek.

This claim was investigated by gardaí but the DPP directed there be no prosecution.

In a statement to the Disclosures Tribunal, Ms D's father said he didn't alert the superintendent there was an issue with the allegation on the file as he was in shock and didn't know what was going on.

Part of the statement was read out at the tribunal by Michéal P O'Higgins SC, counsel for the Garda Commissioner.

In the statement the garda said he was shown the file in Bailieborough garda station, Co Cavan, by Superintendent Leo McGinn in May 2014.

"He handed me a HSE referral form and asked: 'Is that your lassie?'," the garda said.

"I said: 'Yes, that's her'.

"I saw the detail of the allegation of digital penetration. I couldn't believe it. I got a fierce shock. I couldn't think straight."

The garda said he began asking himself if this was an allegation his daughter had made to her counsellor but had not told her parents about.

"I was sick to my stomach. I couldn't wait to get out of the office. I didn't say anything to Leo McGinn as I didn't know what was going on," he said.

The garda went home and asked his daughter about the HSE referral form. Ms D subsequently contacted Ms Brophy about the mistake.

Irish Independent

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