Malingering Odours

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From top: The Herald cover of September 18, 2015; Store Street Garda Station

This morning.

The Irish Examiner reports female civilian garda Lynn Margiotta, who works at Store Street Garda Station in Dublin city, and her brother Dr Tony Margiotta, ended up before a judge in the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last month over sick notes.

The case against Ms Margiotta collapsed after Judge Patricia Ryan ruled her rights had been abused as she had been denied access to a solicitor while in custody, and her privacy breached as her medical records had been accessed without her consent.

The case against her brother Dr Margiotta was also dropped.

Mick Clifford reports:

“The prosecution’s case was that Dr Margiotta had provided his sister with medical certs to say she was not fit for work. The gardaí did not dispute that she was unwell at the time, but claimed the medical certs were obtained by deception.

“The certs were signed by Dr Margiotta, but bore the stamp of other doctors who worked or had worked in the practice where he was working. The trial heard that an expert had given an opinion that locum doctors using the stamp of another doctor in a practice is not unusual.”

Now, Ms Margiotta wants a full inquiry into the matter.

The Examiner reports that three gardai from Store Street Garda Station arrested Ms Margiotta at her home in Navan, Co Meath on August 11, 2014 – three weeks after she made a complaint of bullying against a Garda member – and told her she was under arrest for fraud.

They told her this was in connection with how she got sick notes for days missed at work, despite nobody from Human Resources speaking with her about the matter first.

She had missed work “over a dozen occasions” between January and July 2014, during which she suffered a form of depression following the death of her mother, to whom she was very close.

Ms Margiotta was arrested a second time, on September 18, 2015.

This was reported on the front page of The Herald with the headline “Dublin based garda employee arrested for using ‘fake sick certs’.”

The newspaper reported:

“She was putting in sick certs for days that is it suspected she was not sick at all…If a prosecution does happen, it is understood that it will be the first time in the history of the State that an employee will be hauled before the courts for allegedly providing fake sick notes to their employer.”

Ms Margiotta was later released that day.

But on Saturday, June 10, 2017 she was at her father’s house in Finglas when gardai called again and told her she was to be taken to court to be charged.

Another 21 months passed before the case came before Judge Patricia Ryan and collapsed.

Ms Margiotta hasn’t been contacted by her employer since her arrest in August 2014; she has been mainly without an income since; and she has yet to be informed about what happened to her bullying complaint.

Call for inquiry into Garda sick notes probe (Michael Clifford, The Irish Examiner)

Disturbing questions arise in case against civilian member of gardaí over sick certs (Michael Clifford, The Irish Examiner)

Related: Trial of garda civil servant in relation to use of bogus sick certs collapses (The Irish Times, March 26, 2019)

Pic: Irish Examiner

8 thoughts on “Malingering Odours

  1. Rep

    bloody hell, talk about going through everything with a fine comb so you can destroy a person rather then actually deal with her complaint

  2. Joe Small

    It is very well known that Gardaí treat their civil service civilian colleagues very badly. They have resisted civilianisation every step of the way. Its as if they didn’t want to free up uniformed Gardaí from admin tasks so they could actually go outside and do the job they signed up for.

  3. Ian-O

    They will never change because they will never be properly held to account for their actions.
    I hope she sues them and wins big time.

    Moreover though, I hope she exposes what happened here as well. I am sick to my back teeth of these people who are supposed to be protecting the peace targeting innocent people to hide their own misdeeds.

    I was assaulted a few years back – Garda response = zero. I have fupp all time for them, useless in the main. There are a few good ones but they are literally the good apples in a the rotten barrel.

    1. realPolithicks

      You are correct Ian, they will never change which is why they need to be disbanded and reformed.

      1. Ian-O

        What’s even worse is that they actually think that putting on the uniform makes everything they do OK.

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