Wednesday 13 December 2017

Garda Ombudsman investigates death of man

'Intoxicated' man had been in garda custody but an ambulance was called shortly afterwards

The Garda Ombudsman is investigating the death of a man who had been in garda custody.

The young man was arrested yesterday in Maynooth and he was taken to Leixlip garda station, Co. Kildare.

However an ambulance was called when he arrived at the station. He was intoxicated when arrested, gardai said.

The man was taken to James Connolly Memorial hospital in Blanchardstown, Co. Dublin, where was later pronounced dead.

The identity of the deceased cannot be released until all family members have been informed.

GSOC has commenced an investigation into the death of 23 year old man, who was in Garda custody prior to his death.

In a statement, GSOC said: "A man was arrested by gardaí in Maynooth and conveyed to Leixlip Garda Station. Gardaí have informed us that the man was intoxicated when arrested."

"Upon arrival at the station, an ambulance was called and the man was conveyed to James Connolly Memorial Hospital. He was pronounced dead later in the afternoon."

"The incident was referred to the Garda Ombudsman in accordance with Section 102 of the Garda Síochána Act. GSOC’s investigation is at an early stage."

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