Saturday 24 March 2018

Off duty garda’s nose broken after he questioned driver of car with ‘passenger hanging out the window’

Ray Managh and Saurya Cherfi

A 33-year-old off-duty garda and Irish swimming champion received a blow that broke his nose when he approached a car to inquire about unruly behaviour, a court was told today.

Garda Adrian Cosgrove said he was coming out of a pub in Ballyvaughan, Co Clare, on New Year’s Eve 2008 when he saw a passenger hanging half way out of the window of a sports car parked at traffic lights.

Ms Justice Mary Irvine was told during a Garda Compensation Hearing in the High Court that when Garda Cosgrove went to talk to the driver the car had sped off but stopped a short distance away.

Garda Cosgrove, of Drumcliffe Road ,Ennis, Co Clare, said he again approached the car but received a blow to his face from the driver.  He  fell to the ground.

The court heard that Garda Cosgrove was taken by ambulance to Ennis Hospital where X-rays revealed a nose fracture which had required surgery.

Judge Irvine was told Garda Cosgrove was an accomplished swimmer who had won three national titles. His breathing while swimming had been impaired for some time but the problem had now resolved.

Judge Irvine awarded him €18,000 compensation.

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