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Friday 17 November 2017

Female garda viciously beaten by city gangsters awarded €105k damages

Garda Amanda Lynch
Garda Amanda Lynch

Three gardai were receiving such a vicious beating from associates of a Dublin criminal gang that a detective was forced to extricate them at gunpoint and arrest their assailants, a court has heard.

The attack was highlighted at a Garda Compensation hearing, in which Garda Amanda Lynch was awarded just under €105,000 damages for the injuries she received in the attack.

Mr Justice Bernard Barton heard two of her attackers were subsequently jailed and a member of the gang had since been murdered.

Paul McGarry, for Gda Lynch, told the High court she and another garda, together with a trainee, had been called out to deal with an incident in Foster Avenue, Cabra, Dublin, on November 30, 2007.

When they had arrived in the area, a number of assailants, who were associated with a very serious local crime family, jumped her and her two colleagues.

Mr McGarry said Gda Lynch had suffered injuries to her neck, head, face and stomach, and suffered psychological injures and developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Gda Lynch (37), now stationed in the midlands, told Judge Barton she was assisting in the arrest of a man when two others came out of a house in the area and joined their friend in an attack on them.

Distracted

She had drawn her extendable baton and told them to stand back when she was attacked. Her baton was wrenched from her and she was punched and kicked around her head and face and kicked in the stomach.

She recognised two of her attackers as she had seen members of the criminal gang on a number of occasions. She and her colleagues had been assaulted for about 10 minutes.

Gda Lynch said her colleague had distracted her attackers long enough for her to call for assistance and, when help arrived, a detective had to produce his official firearm in order to make arrests.

The mother-of-one said she had later received information from the State to the effect that information had been received that there was a threat on her life. Later, for her own safety, she requested a transfer.

The court heard Gda Lynch spent 17 hours in the Mater Hospital, where she was treated for her various injuries. She had afterwards been treated for psychiatric injuries and PTSD, the stress of which had led to her developing a chronic attack of psoriasis.

Gda Lynch said she had loved her work in Cabra. She was keen to get on in her job and knew that being involved at the heart of the action in such an area would attract promotion earlier than being stationed in the country.

She told Judge Barton she would like to have more children and had been informed that some of the drugs she had been prescribed could make it difficult to become pregnant again.

Judge Barton said Gda Lynch had not made a big deal about her physical injuries and had minimised her psychiatric injuries, but she had suffered a great deal of stress and her family and social life had been significantly impacted.

The judge awarded her €85,000 compensation as well as €19,853 special damages.

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