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Airport police 'begged' for help in parking row

TWO airport policemen accused of beating a motorist over a parking violation outside arrivals had been dealing with a "difficult situation", their colleagues have said.

Other officers have said they were called urgently to the scene of the struggle for assistance by one of the accused policemen who told them: "For God's sake lads, hurry."

They were giving evidence for the prosecution on the third day of the trial of officers John Redmond (39) and Darragh McCann (42), who are denying assaulting the man as he waited to pick up his son, who was meeting his girlfriend off a flight.

Mr Redmond, of Foxfield, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan is pleading not guilty to common assault on Alan Casey while Mr McCann, of Earlsfort Road, Lucan denies a more serious charge of assault causing harm.

Mr Casey alleges he was beaten and dragged from his Mercedes because he was parked in the wrong place. He was left with severe, extensive bruising to his body following the incident. The alleged victim denies that he struck one of the policemen with his car and that he was "belligerent" when they decided to arrest him.

Sergeant Stephen Morris of the Airport Police said he went to the scene after Redmond made two requests for assistance over the radio. When he got there, he asked Redmond if he was OK because he was holding his right side and seemed to be in pain.

McCann then arrived and spoke to Redmond before arresting Mr Casey "on suspicion of assault".

He said Mr Casey was "obviously distressed" and shouting that he wanted to go home and wanted the gardai. He heard McCann warn that he would use force on Mr Casey if he did not step out of the car. He saw McCann put his thumb behind Mr Casey's right ear, while leaning in to the car to try to pull him out.

aphelan@herald.ie