Wednesday 13 December 2017

Injured garda still off work after brutal late-night assault

Dean Bolger
Dean Bolger

A garda who suffered horrific injuries in a brutal late-night altercation is still receiving medical treatment and has not yet returned to work.

It has also emerged that officers have interviewed three young men in relation to a fracas that left Garda Dean Bolger unable to walk without the use of a cane.

A detailed investigation is continuing into the violent incident which occurred at 3.30am in Bray, Co Wicklow, on March 13.

Garda Dean Bolger, who is based in Greystones Garda Station, was only fit enough in recent days to give investigating officers a statement about what happened.

Garda Bolger spent a number of weeks in St Vincent's Hospital where he was treated for a fractured skull as well as a fractured eye socket.

"He is still in a very bad way, despite extensive hospital treatment. He is having serious balance problems and needs a walking stick at the moment," a source said.

Garda Bolger suffered the fractured skull after he banged his head on the ground in the course of the incident.

He and his colleague Garda Sean Liddy, who is based in Bray Garda Station, were off duty when the incident happened in the early hours of the morning at Strand Road in the town.


Garda Liddy was also assaulted in the incident - which was caught on CCTV - but did not receive serious injuries and is back on duty.

The three men who presented themselves at Bray Garda Station gave detailed statements about the events but were not arrested.

The three men are all aged in their 20s, come from respectable local families and were not previously known to gardai.


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