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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Publican Charlie Chawke seeks compensation after gun attack

Publican Charlie Chawke lost a leg in the shotgun attack
Publican Charlie Chawke lost a leg in the shotgun attack

One of the country's best-known publicans is seeking compensation from the State after he was shot in the leg during a robbery 12 years ago.

Charlie Chawke (66) is seeking a substantial six-figure sum from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal after he lost a leg when shot at close range outside one of his pubs in Dublin in 2003.

The Herald understands he has applied for a six-figure sum for medical expenses incurred, loss of earnings and out-of-pocket expenses.

Suffered

He previously applied to the state tribunal through legal representatives and submitted evidence of the financial outlay he has suffered since the shooting.

It is understood that a ruling was made to award Mr Chawke a considerable sum, but he has decided to appeal this and is seeking an increased re- imbursement.

Yesterday, he attended the appeal at the Criminal In- juries Compensation Tribunal at Montague Court in Dublin city centre. After the hearing, he told the Herald he was unable to disclose any further details "at the moment".

On October 6, 2003, Mr Chawke was leaving the Goat Grill to take a bag of cash and cheques totalling almost €50,000 to the bank.

He started his silver Mercedes but noticed in the driver's mirror a man running towards him with a shotgun.

Mr Chawke tried to defend himself and grab the shotgun.

Criminal Frank Ward taunted him, saying: "You're a smart fella."

He then shot Mr Chawke at close range before making an unsuccessful attempt to flee the area.

Mr Chawke needed 42 pints of blood and his right leg had to be amputated above the knee.

"I fell into the doctor's arms in the hospital. He looked at the leg and said, 'I don't know whether we can save that'," he said in a recent interview.

"I said to him, 'Don't worry about the leg, just save my life'. He said, 'I can do that'. And he did."

Ward (60), of Knockmore Avenue, Tallaght, is serving 20 years for the shooting.

Accomplice Larry Cummins (59) died in 2009 while serving a 15-year sentence for his role in the gun attack.

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