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Garda David Naughton (white shirt) of Lucan, Dublin, pictured at Limerick District Court

Garda David Naughton (white shirt) of Lucan, Dublin, pictured at Limerick District Court

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Garda Wesley Kenny (glasses), with an address in Sandyford, Dublin 18, pictured at Limerick District Court

Garda Wesley Kenny (glasses), with an address in Sandyford, Dublin 18, pictured at Limerick District Court

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Garda David Naughton (white shirt) of Lucan, Dublin, pictured at Limerick District Court

TWO off-duty gardai have been cleared of assaulting two brothers on a Christmas night out in Limerick.

David Naughton (33), with an address in Lucan, and Wesley Kenny (33), of Sandyford, had been accused of assaulting Luke and James Morrison outside a pub last December 5.

It was the prosecution's case that the two officers had reacted angrily after they were unable to find prostitutes.

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Luke Morrison (19) claimed the officers tried to force their way into his home at Upper Cecil Street, Limerick, and later assaulted him and his brother after inquiring where they could find "brazzers" or prostitutes.

However, in their direct evidence yesterday at Limerick District Court, both defendants strongly denied the Morrisons' version of events.

Gda Naughton, who is stationed in Dublin, said that after leaving the hotel where they were staying he and Gda Kenny were walking in Cecil Street when they encountered a friend of the Morrisons. He described how shortly afterwards Luke Morrison and his girlfriend entered his house in Cecil Street and Morrison re-emerged wielding a large knife.

He said that having retreated to Jerry Flannery's bar he and Gda Kenny, who is also based in Dublin, decided to return to the area to alert local gardai.

At this point they encountered both Morrisons.

Gda Naughton said they were met with "pure aggression".

In her ruling, Judge Grainne O'Neill said CCTV footage was the closest thing the court had to an objective witness account.

She dismissed all four charges as she was not satisfied beyond all reasonable doubt.

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