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Monday 21 January 2019

30 crimes of man who said he was beaten by garda

THE alleged victim of a garda beating had around 30 previous convictions including a four year jail term for grievous bodily harm, a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury has heard.

The trial of Garda Brendan Whitty, accused of beating the man with his garda baton, heard that the alleged victim threatened to follow the garda home and "smash him up".

Garda Whitty (33), stationed at Kevin Street Garda Station, has pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to Keith Murphy on Thomas Street, Dublin 2, on September 20, 2007.

The prosecution had previously stated that Mr Murphy died hours after the beating but that his death was from a drug overdose and unrelated to the garda's actions.

Gerard McDonnell of the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) said Mr Murphy (35) had about 30 previous convictions ranging from minor public order matters to assaults and robberies.

The trial also heard evidence from Garda Fiona Morrison who was on duty at Kevin Street when Garda Whitty brought in Mr Murphy.

She said in a statement that Mr Murphy began to shout abuse saying, "Who the f*** do you think you are?" The trial continues before a jury of six men and six women.

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