Thursday 14 December 2017

Garda who was shot in US charged with assault on women on night out

Gda Brian Hanrahan
Gda Brian Hanrahan

A garda who was shot in the US had nothing to say when charged with assaulting two young women following a night out in Tipperary.

Gda Brian Hanrahan (34), of Newcastlewest, Co Limerick, was charged before Judge Elizabeth MacGrath at Nenagh District Court.

The officer, who made headlines last year when he was shot and seriously injured while on holiday in New Orleans, did not speak during the brief hearing.

Gda Hanrahan, who is based in Limerick, was charged with two assaults.

Both relate to an alleged incident last February in Nenagh, Co Tipperary.


The court was told that Gda Hanrahan made no reply when the charges were formally put to him after caution at Nenagh Garda Station where he att- ended by appointment at 2pm yesterday.

Det Insp Pat O'Callaghan told Judge MacGrath that the DPP has already indicated that the matters can be dealt with summarily at district court level.

Det Insp O'Callaghan said the statements in the matter will be ready for submission to Gda Hanrahan's legal team from next week.

Solicitor Daniel O'Gorman said his client was eager for the matter to be dealt with as expeditiously as possible.

The garda statements will be submitted to him from October 13.

Judge MacGrath adjourned the matter to another date.

She said she will hear an outline of the evidence then and make a ruling on whether she accepts jurisdiction.

The State said it had no issue with Gda Hanrahan being remanded on bail. He was remanded to Nenagh District Court sitting on a future date and directed, as is routine in such cases, not to attempt any contact or interference with the witnesses in the case.

The judge remanded him on his own bond of €500.

Gda Hanrahan made no comment as he left the courthouse following the brief hearing.

He made headlines in January last year when he was shot during an attempted robbery in New Orleans.

He was on holiday in Louisi- ana at the time and was confronted at an ATM machine by an armed assailant.

During the attempted robbery, he was shot in the leg and back. Gda Hanrahan had just withdrawn $200 (€180) from the machine when he was confronted.

Two men are currently before the US courts in relation to the incident.

Gda Hanrahan underwent emergency surgery in New Orleans, with major fundraising events in Ireland and the US to support him.


Last June, he was awarded more than €36,000 in compensation for injuries he suffered while chasing criminals six years ago.

His neck, shoulder and lower back were injured in October 2010 when a garda vehicle in which he was a front seat pass-enger was rammed following a car chase on the Limerick- Mallow Road.

In the High Court in Dublin on June 27, barrister Michael P Binchy told Mr Justice Bernard Barton that Gda Hanrahan was in a garda car chasing a stolen vehicle when it was rammed.

He said he had initially felt no discomfort, but after the adrenalin wore off he felt pain in his neck, shoulder and back. The pain in his lower back was most troublesome.

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