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Thursday 27 April 2017

Gardai lose bid to stop 'prostitute row' probe

The High Court has dismissed an attempt by two gardai to halt an internal disciplinary investigation. Stock picture
The High Court has dismissed an attempt by two gardai to halt an internal disciplinary investigation. Stock picture

The High Court has dismissed an attempt by two gardai to halt an internal disciplinary investigation into allegations they attempted to gain access to an apartment to seek the services of a prostitute.

The case was brought by gardai David Naughton and Wesley Kenny, who both deny the claims.

They sought to prevent the inquiry from continuing on grounds including that it was unfair and oppressive.

Mr Justice Michael White ruled against them, clearing the way for the inquiry to proceed.

They were previously acquitted of charges of assault by Limerick District Court, arising from the same incident, which occurred in the city on December 5, 2013.

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They had been attending a Christmas party with work colleagues when the two became involved in a fracas with two males.

The dispute was broken up by other gardai.

During the course of the criminal investigation, the two males alleged the two gardai had assaulted them and had attempted to force entry to an apartment allegedly looking for prostitutes.

The two officers were charged with assault.

They were acquitted by the District Court following a three-day trial.

The two gardai are now accused of discreditable conduct.

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