Friday 20 April 2018

Off-duty garda 'attacked two women in car' after they offered him a lift home

Investigation underway by GSOC

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AN investigation is underway into an alleged attack by an off-duty Garda on two women which left them with mouth and nose injuries.

The investigation by the Garda Síochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) follows complaints from the two women who had offered the officer a lift home.

The man, who was off-duty at the time, had been socialising with friends for a number of hours in a Munster nightlife venue.

He met the two women who apparently offered to give him a lift home.

The man had been drinking and had earlier decided to leave his car at home.

It is understood the two women and the off-duty officer were not previously known to each other.

During the short drive, a verbal dispute erupted between the trio and it is alleged the man struck one of the women.

When her friend attempted to intervene, she claimed she was also struck.

One is understood to claim she  suffered dental damage.

The other is alleged to have suffered damage to her nose.

After the confrontation, the man got out of the car and left the scene on foot.

Both women sought medical attention and a complaint was later lodged.

Neither woman required in-patient treatment.

The officer involved contacted gardaí and later attended a garda station to make a voluntary statement about what happened.

He is understood to have vehemently denied assault.

The man has so far not been arrested in connection with the investigation.

However, if he is detained for questioning, under garda rules he will be removed from duty.

Both GSOC and the gardaí do not comment on ongoing investigations.

While the matter was originally brought to garda notice, it was taken up by GSOC under normal procedures involving serving officers.

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