Wednesday 22 November 2017

Shot Garda 'silent' after being charged with assault on two woman after night out

Garda Brian Hanrahan at court. Photo: Tony Gavin
Garda Brian Hanrahan at court. Photo: Tony Gavin
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A garda made no reply when charged with assaulting two young women following a night out in Tipperary.

Garda Brian Hanrahan (34) of Newcastlewest, Co Limerick, was charged before Judge Elizabeth MacGrath at Nenagh District Court.

The officer - who made headlines last year when he was shot and seriously injured while on holiday in the United States - did not speak during the brief hearing.

Garda Hanrahan, who is based in Limerick, was charged with two alleged assaults contrary to Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Both counts relate to an alleged incident last February in Nenagh, Co Tipperary.

The court was told that Garda Hanrahan made no reply when the charges were formally put to him after caution at Nenagh Garda Station where he attended by appointment at 2pm yesterday.

Det Inspector Pat O'Callaghan told Judge MacGrath that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has already indicated the matters can be dealt with summarily at District Court level.

Det Inspector O'Callaghan said the statements in the matter will be ready for submission to Garda Hanrahan's legal team from next week.

Defence solicitor Daniel O'Gorman said his client was eager for the matter to be dealt with as expeditiously as possible.

The Garda statements will now be submitted to him from October 13.

Judge MacGrath adjourned the matter to a later date when she will make a ruling on whether she accepts jurisdiction in the matter.

Garda Hanrahan was remanded until a further Nenagh District Court sitting and directed, as is routine in such cases, not to attempt any contact or interference with the witnesses in the case.

The young officer made headlines in both Ireland and the US in January 2015 when he was shot during an attempted robbery in New Orleans.

He was on holidays in Louisiana at the time and was confronted at an ATM machine by an armed assailant.

Garda Hanrahan underwent emergency surgery in New Orleans, with major fundraising events staged in both Ireland and the US to support him.

In June of this year, Garda Hanrahan was awarded more than €36,000 compensation for injuries he suffered while chasing criminals almost six years ago.

Irish Independent

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