Wednesday 22 November 2017

'Reasonable force' was used to arrest man who died in custody

Georgina O'Halloran

REASONABLE force was used by gardai to arrest a murder suspect who later died while in custody, an inquest heard.

Dwayne Foster was found unconscious in a Dublin garda station where he was being questioned about the fatal shooting of mother-of- one Donna Cleary (22) at a house party in the early hours of March 5, 2006.

Mr Foster (24), of Woodbank Avenue, Finglas, Dublin 11, was taken from Coolock garda station on March 7, 2006, to Beaumont Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A post-mortem by the deputy state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis found Mr Foster died from methadone intoxication.

The autopsy also revealed 34 injuries on Mr Foster's body caused by blunt force trauma. The injuries were mild and would not have contributed to death.

An inquest into Mr Foster's death, which resumed at Dublin City Coroner's Court yesterday, heard that the 24-year-old may have sustained some of the injuries while he was being subdued by gardai in the course of his arrest.

Gardai said Mr Foster resisted arrest and the force used was "reasonable". The inquest continues today.

Irish Independent

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