Saturday 24 February 2018

Stabbed garda is awarded €65,000

Garda James Hendrick of Castletownbere
Garda James Hendrick of Castletownbere

A GARDA who was stabbed in the chest while heroically fighting off Chinese "bandits" during an armed robbery in Raheny, Dublin, eight years ago, has been awarded €65,000 compensation, write Ray Managh and Saurya Cherfi.

Mr Justice Peter Charleton heard that Garda James Hendrick of Castletownbere, and Garda David Comer, a native of Galway, had been called to a house in Main Street, Raheny, where a burglary on a number of Chinese people had been reported.

Garda Hendrick, who won a Scott Medal for his bravery, told how he and Garda Comer had gone into the house and both had been stabbed by a Chinese man brandishing a knife.

Jailing Xiang Cheng and Quian Cheng for seven years in 2008, Judge Tony Hunt called them a "gang of bandits".

Garda Hendrick said he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder because of the incident.

Judge Charleton said Garda Hendrick had faced "the situation in a heroic fashion" and had undervalued himself. He awarded him €65,000.

Irish Independent

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