Sunday 21 January 2018

Garda suspended after bomb hoax prank backfires

Victim: Supt Mary Murray. Photo: James Connolly
Victim: Supt Mary Murray. Photo: James Connolly

Greg Harkin

A garda has been suspended from duty after sending a 'prank' bomb to his local commander.

The incident occurred last week at Sligo Garda Station after the hoax device was left in the post at the station for Supt Mary Murray.

It is understood the 'device' consisted of batteries with wires attached. It was delivered to the superintendent's office at the garda station.

The 'Sligo Champion' reported that the garda involved owned up to the prank immediately and apologised for the incident. It is understood the long-serving garda believed his apology would be the end of the incident.

However, an internal investigation was launched and the garda was interviewed by a superintendent from outside the Sligo/Leitrim area.

Sources said there were no plans for a criminal investigation.

"The garda has been suspended from duty pending the outcome of the internal investigation," said one source.

"It appears the garda thought this was a good joke and didn't expect it to go any further."

The incident is being viewed seriously by garda management. However, it is understood many colleagues believe the incident should have been written off as a prank.

The garda has been suspended for six months and will lose part of his salary.

He is well thought-of in the local community.

"He's a hard-working garda who is very highly regarded in Sligo," said one community leader.

Irish Independent

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