A statement issued by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission yesterday – appealing for witnesses to a ‘public order incident’ in Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission yesterday issued a statement in which it appealed for witnesses of an incident in Temple Bar, Dublin, to come forward.
This morning, the Irish Sun reported:
A Garda is being investigated after he was allegedly caught on CCTV hitting an elderly woman with a bottle he threw.
The Garda Ombudsman has launched an investigation into the incident in Temple Bar, Dublin, which also involved a pal of the cop being struck with a bottle.
The off-duty officer was with two colleagues at 1.30am on Sunday when the incident happened.
It is understood the three were play-acting on the street when the garda at the centre of the probe fell and banged his head.
It is alleged he got up and walked on alone, followed by his colleagues, when he was captured on CCTV crossing the street and shouldering a man who was standing with another lad.
A source said: “A row ensued, the cop in question picked up a bottle and fired it at one of the men. He missed and hit the elderly woman. He was also seen punching another fellow.
“One of the people who was with the garda ended up being struck with a bottle and suffered a broken eye socket . . . The incident is deeply disturbing and shocking.”
The Herald reported:
An investigation is under way into a violent incident in which a garda suffered serious facial injuries.
The Dublin-based officer, who was off-duty at the time, had a bottle smashed over his head.
GSOC, the Garda Siochana Ombudsman, is investigating the incident which happened in Temple Bar shortly before 1.30am on Sunday.
The garda suffered a fractured eye socket as well as injuries to his head and arm tendons during the incident on Fleet Street and needed hospital treatment.
Five men including the injured officer were allegedly involved in a confrontation that happened when a night out turned sour.
Two north inner city Dublin men were arrested at the scene, outside Gallagher’s Boxty House.
They are aged in their late 20s and early 30s and both are well-known to gardai.
Sources said that during the course of the incident, a bottle was thrown by one of the men involved.
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