A man died from blood loss after being impaled on a garden gate while fleeing from gardaí in the mistaken belief they had been looking for him, an inquest has heard.
Ciprian Aioanei (38), a Romanian national and father-of-two, was found in the front garden of a house at Greenridge Court, Corduff, on August 14, 2018 after dashing out the back of his nearby home the previous night when gardaí called to the door.
A post-mortem concluded Mr Aioanei died as a result of a single puncture wound to his right groin which had perforated a major artery, resulting in a severe loss of blood.
Sergeant John O'Donovan, of Cabra garda station, told Dublin Coroner's Court he had called to the house where Mr Aioanei was living at Edgewood Lawn, Corduff, at around 9.45pm on August 13 to check that another resident of the house was meeting his bail conditions.
Sgt O'Donovan said he noticed a man looking out of an upstairs window and then saw through the frosted glass of the front door the shadow of a man coming down the stairs and going into a kitchen at the back of the property.
He said a woman who answered the door became evasive when he asked who had come down the stairs.
Sgt O'Donovan said three eastern European males who were in an upstairs bedroom denied there had been anyone else in the house.
However, when he searched the back garden he caught a split-second glimpse of a male on top of a gate at a laneway.
"I called after this male, but I believe he didn't hear me," the sergeant said.
He and a colleague drove around the area and carried out a search of the laneway, but found no trace of the indi- vidual.
A neighbour found the deceased lying across the boundary wall of the front garden of her home as she was leaving for work at around 7.10am on August 14.
She alerted gardaí and ambulance services, who arrived on the scene within a few minutes.
Detective Garda Brendan O'Hora told the inquest that Mr Aioanei was wanted by gardaí at the time of his death, but did not provide any details.
Gardaí said they were un-aware Mr Aioanei had been living at the house on Edgewood Lawn.
The inquest heard small amounts of cocaine and alcohol were found in his system, which may have affected his judgement.
Coroner Dr Cróna Gallagher returned a verdict of accidental death.