Man settles over garda raid mistake
A GARDENER who sued the State after he claimed guns were put to his head by garda detectives who mistakenly took him to be a member of a robbery gang settled his action for damages yesterday.
A statement read to the High Court on behalf of the State said John Paul King was an innocent citizen caught up in an armed robbery in August 2003 and had been detained through no fault of his own.
Mr King (40) had sued the State for damages as a result of the incident outside the On the Run shop and restaurant attached to the Esso petrol station on the Navan Road, Dublin.
Mr King, of Kingshall, Newcastle Upper, Newcastle, Co Wicklow, claimed he was assaulted and falsely imprisoned by armed gardai, who were dressed in boiler suits for the purposes of the operation.
It was claimed Mr King suffered post traumatic stress disorder as a result of his ordeal.
It was claimed in the State defence the gardai had information that an armed robbery would take place on a cash in transit vehicle at a number of possible locations, one of which was the Esso petrol station.
Mr King was on his mobile phone and it had previously been noted by gardai that gangs robbing cash in transit vans often included a person on site communicating with them on a mobile phone.