Sunday 22 April 2018

Foster did not exhibit bruising, says garda

Georgina O'Halloran

A GARDA has told an inquest that Dwayne Foster did not receive methadone while she was on duty and that she did not see any bruises on him.

Mr Foster was found unresponsive in Coolock Garda Station, Dublin, on March 7, 2006. He was being held for questioning about the fatal shooting two days earlier of a young mother of one, Donna Cleary, at a party.

A post-mortem by the deputy state pathologist, Dr Michael Curtis, found that Mr Foster (24) of Finglas, died from methadone intoxication.

Garda Tara Goode processed Mr Foster following his arrival at the Coolock station on March 6. She told the inquest into Mr Foster's death at Dublin City Coroner's Court yesterday that she saw no bruises on him and he made no complaints.

At no time did Mr Foster request or receive methadone, Garda Goode said.

Tablets were found in Mr Foster's clothing when he was arrested in Co Kildare.

The inquest heard that solicitor Sean O'Donnell, who saw Mr Foster at the station, made complaints to Garda Goode about four injuries Mr Foster told him he had sustained.

Shown a picture of Mr Foster, taken the day after he had been processed, Garda Goode accepted yesterday that one of his ears was "slightly red," and there was a mark over an eyelid.

The inquest will continue on Monday.

Irish Independent

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