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Garda claims driver kicked him in testicles

A BUS driver has gone on trial accused of repeatedly kicking a garda in the testicles and knocking him unconscious during a traffic stop.

Patrick Fitzpatrick (53) was "like a man possessed" when Sergeant Neil Crowley pulled him over because he was blocking traffic, a Jury was told.

The court heard that Fitzpatrick alleges he was the one assaulted by the sergeant and that he was trying to hand over his driver's licence when the garda fell out of the bus.

The bus driver later made a complaint to the Garda Ombudsman but this was not upheld and Fitzpatrick was charged with making a false complaint. However this charge was also later dropped.

The jury heard that Sergeant Crowley was on three months sick leave afterwards and had bleeding in his groin.

Fitzpatrick, of Drumree, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, pleaded not guilty to assaulting a peace officer at Blackhall Place, Dublin 8 on July 7, 2007.



Banging

Sergeant Crowley told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that he was driving on the quays in an unmarked car when he saw Fitzpatrick's coach blocking two lanes of traffic.

He said that when the bus turned onto James Joyce Bridge it came to a stop. He pulled up and signalled for it to drive on and the accused responded by banging the steering wheel and shouting out the window.

Sgt Crowley said he went to the accused's window and asked for a driver's licence but Fitzpatrick refused and told him to "f*** off."

The witness said he told the driver to pull over across the bridge. The garda again went to the bus but was once more allegedly told to "f*** off".

Sgt Crowley said the accused was "like a man possessed". He said the driver then fell back on the steps of the bus and said he had been assaulted.

The garda said when he went to Fitzpatrick to check if he was injured, Fitzpatrick kicked him in the testicles causing him to step off the bus in pain.

He said a struggle ensued when he went to arrest Fitzpatrick and he was kicked in the groin again and pushed off the bus. He hit his head against a wall and was knocked out.

The trial continues.

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