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I couldn't wear trousers after kick in groin -- garda

A GARDA has told a court he had to take three months off work because he couldn't wear his garda trousers after being kicked in the groin by a bus driver.

The driver is on trial accused of repeatedly kicking the garda in the testicles and knocking him unconscious when he was pulled over in Dublin city centre.

Patrick Fitzpatrick (63) denies assaulting the garda and claims he was the one who was attacked during the incident.

Fitzpatrick, of Drumree, Dunshaughlin, pleaded not guilty to assaulting Sergeant Neil Crowley, at Blackhall Place, Dublin 8, on July 7, 2007.

During cross-examination, Sgt Crowley said he used his baton to strike the bus's steering wheel in an attempt to make Mr Fitzpatrick let go of it.

He said he hit the steering wheel several times but denied striking the bus driver's wrists.

Baton

Defence counsel Caroline Biggs put it to the garda that he never mentioned he used his baton in his statement. Sgt Crowley said this was because he didn't use his baton on a person as is its intended use.

Ms Biggs presented photographs to the garda which allegedly show bruising and redness to Fitzpatrick's arms, hands and wrists. Sergeant Crowley denied causing the injuries and said they could have been caused by the handcuffs.

Ms Biggs asked the witness why he took three months off work after the incident when the doctor told him no follow-up appointment was needed and the garda doctor said the injuries would heal soon.

Sgt Crowley replied that he there were issues with his groin area and that a scan showed that there was a lump there.

He said he couldn't return to the force as he could only wear tracksuit bottoms because of his injury. The trial continues.

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