A detective whose face was slashed in a razor blade attack on a plane as he accompanied a deported man to Nigeria has been awarded €25,000 damages at the High Court.
Barrister Breffni Gordon told Mr Justice Michael Twomey that Det Gda Eamon Moran, of the Garda National Immigration Bureau, was escorting the Nigerian national from Madrid to Lagos when he armed himself with a razor blade and attacked him.
He said Det Gda Moran (44) was lacerated across his right ear, the right side of his face and his upper back before his attacker was restrained.
The officer told the court he was 38 at the time of the attack in March 2012 and was fortunate there was a doctor on board who applied dressings to stop the bleeding.
On his return to Madrid he went to hospital where he had 29 stitches before returning to Ireland where he saw his GP.
Det Gda Moran, of Templeogue, Dublin, said he was treated with anti-inflammatory analgesic medication.
The scars of his wounds continued to heal, though they remained visible and he experienced numbness.
He said that more than three years after the incident, he was told by a medical expert that while his wounds had fully healed the scarring "will remain with me for the rest of my life".
Judge Twomey heard that Det Gda Moran suffered from stress, anxiety and sleep disturbance and had attended nearly a dozen counselling sessions.
The officer told the Public Expenditure and Reform Minister's legal team that there had been a very short turnaround at Lagos and he had not been hospitalised until his return to Madrid.
People had initially been concerned for him and he had had to tell the story of the attack over and over and found this distressing, but he was better able to talk about it now.
He told the court he had been off work for about four months but had been keen to get back to his duties.
Judge Twomey awarded Det Gda Moran €25,000 damages together with just over €3,000 special expenses.