Garda awarded €10k after being hit in head with stone at bonfire
a garda who suffered head injuries while dismantling a dangerous Halloween night bonfire site at a Dublin south inner city flats complex has been awarded compensation in the High Court.
Gda Garrett Lynch (41) said that on October 31, 2010, he was called with colleagues to help Dublin City Council workers remove a pile of timber which had been built for a bonfire at St Teresa's Gardens.
During a Garda Compensation hearing, Gda Lynch told his barrister, Breffni Gordon, that as they were moving the timber a number of youths started throwing missiles at them.
Gda Lynch, with an address in Knocklyon, Dublin, said one of the youths threw a stone that hit him on the left side of his forehead.
Mr Justice Bernard Barton heard Gda Lynch carried on with his duties and the situation was brought under control.
He was taken back to Kevin Street Garda Station where he received medical treatment before being taken to the Emergency Department of St Vincent's University Hospital.
Mr Gordon told the court that Gda Lynch suffered an abrasion to his forehead which healed within a few weeks.
He had suffered from headaches for several weeks after the incident and had needed to take painkillers.
The court heard that Gda Lynch had needed to take time off work and the wound had left a small permanent indentation on his forehead.
Judge Barton awarded him €10,000 in compensation.