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Bouncer accused of attacking garda during interview

A DUBLIN man claimed he received "beatings" from detectives after he was taken in for questioning about a violent disorder incident involving a gang of six men at a shopping centre.

Derek McLoughlin (46) said he has complained to the Garda Ombudsman about his treatment by detectives in Ballymun.

He is accused of assaulting a detective, ripping off his shirt and damaging a chair during the course of an interview.

McLoughlin's lawyer, Alan Toal, expressed grave concerns about garda treatment of his client, who limped into court.

Mr Toal demanded to see the custody record in relation to McLoughlin's detention, saying he was entitled to it, "unless they [the gardai] are trying to hide something".

He also told Blanchardstown District Court he wanted an engineer to examine the interview room at Ballymun Garda Station.

A judge adjourned the matter to September for DPP's directions and possible further charges.

Detective Garda Ronan McMorrow said McLoughlin was arrested at Ballymun station at 9.35pm on July 29 and charged by Gda Sgt Ciaran Bruce. He made no reply to the charges after caution.

The defendant, of Ardgillan Lawns in Balbriggan, is charged with violent disorder at Ballymun Town Centre on July 16.

He is also charged with two counts of criminal damage, violent disorder and assaulting a garda at Ballymun Garda Station on July 29.

McLoughlin was allegedly part of a gang of six men who committed violent disorder at Ballymun Town Centre.


Mr Toal claimed McLoughlin, who runs a gym and also works as a nightclub bouncer, was beaten by gardai, and he wanted immediate access to the custody record.

The State objected to this, saying it would be handed over once the DPP's directions on the charges are known.

Judge Patrick McMahon ordered that the custody record be handed over to McLoughlin's legal team.

The defendant was remanded on bail in his own bond of €200, ordered to stay away from Ballymun and to keep away from five named individuals.