A BRAVE garda has returned to work after being attacked with a samurai sword last month.
Garda David Gibson was injured when he was confronted by a burglar wielding the sword.
The garda was the victim of a vicious assault as he tried to apprehend the thief who had stolen the sword from a house in St Brigid's Cottages in Clondalkin.
Garda Gibson was also the victim of an assault in 2009, when he was struck by a two men at a takeaway on Monastery Road. He suffered concussion when he was attacked by the men on February 4 last year.
Garda Gibson, who was assisted by Garda Ronan O'Malley when he was attacked with the samurai sword, is stationed at Rathcoole Garda Station and a member of Adamstown GAA club. Despite the nature of the assault, the garda has already returned to regular shift rotation.
A local resident, Bradley Haskins, from St Brigid's Cottages said that Garda Gibson actions were heroic.
"Garda Gibson was attacked by a guy with a samurai sword who had broken into five houses along the road," he said.
"He was getting over the wall and when he didn't make it he took a swipe at the gardai.
"He had no qualms at all about using the sword, he just wanted to get away."
Garda Gibson, a married father-of-two, visited Mr Haskins the day after the attack and told him that he had been lucky to escape serious injury.
"The garda told me the next day that another couple of inches and it could have been his head," he added.
"Gardai often don't get enough credit but what they did was very brave."
Local councillor Trevor Gilligan commended the gardai.
"It's sad when you hear a story like that," he said. "I would like to congratulate the local gardai in their efficiency in enforcing the law."
A Garda spokesman confirmed that the attacker was apprehended and would face justice
"The male was arrested and charged," he said.
A 32-year-old from Clondalkin appeared before Blanchardstown District Court on July 30.
He was remanded on bail and will appear at the same court on September 17 in relation to the charges.