A RETIRED garda has told a compensation hearing in the High Court that he had pain and difficulty walking for several weeks after being repeatedly kicked in the testicles by a man he was trying to arrest.
Joseph Treacy, who is seeking compensation in relation to three separate assaults, said that on another occasion he had so much blood spat on him by a man he was also trying to arrest that his uniform had to be burned.
Mr Treacy, who was stationed at the time in Cashel, Co Tipperary, told Mr Justice Bernard Barton that the kicking incident happened in November 2007 when he arrested a man who had stolen a car.
He said he and a colleague struggled to arrest the man, who was dangerous and on a "binge of heroin injections".
As he dragged and lifted him up to the patrol car he was kicked between his legs. Father-of-two Mr Treacy said he felt excruciating pain.
Aidan Walsh, counsel for Mr Treacy, said his client had been off work for more than a year following the incident and had voluntarily retired two years ago as he did not feel mentally fit to go back to full duty.
Judge Barton heard that the day before the kicking incident, Mr Treacy and a colleague had tried to arrest another man, who was high on drugs and had been involved in a scuffle in Cahir, Co Tipperary, when he suddenly spat blood in his face.
Mr Treacy carried on with his duties and managed to arrest the man and put him in the patrol car, where blood was spat on him again.
Mr Treacy told the court his face, jacket and shirt had been saturated with blood. His wife was so shocked that she had his uniform burned.
Mr Treacy claimed he had also suffered injuries in 2004 after he was kicked and punched by another man.
The State alleged Mr Treacy's injuries had been exacerbated by a pre-existing condition. It also claimed he had retired on a purely voluntary basis after 30 years with An Garda Siochana.
Judge Barton reserved his decision in the case.