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Thursday 16 August 2018

Valentine card to garda 'contained g-string and bullet'

A DUBLIN woman posted a Valentine's Day card containing a bullet, a g-string and a lewd poem to a serving member of the gardai, it has been alleged.

Julie Conway Browning (49) admitted sending the card with the underwear and verses but denied placing the bullet in the envelope when the incident was investigated.

She told the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) she did it "for a laugh" and believed the detective sergeant in question put the bullet in it himself.

She denied that any of his colleagues asked her to send him the card.

Ms Conway Browning, of Dermot O'Dwyer House, Hardwicke Street, is pleading not guilty to giving false information to the GSOC in the course of an investigation in 2012. She is not charged with any offence in relation to the sending of the card.

Ronan Kennedy BL, for the prosecution, said a complaint had been made in 2011 by the wife of Det Sgt Michael Buckley from the serious crime review team in the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

She alleged that her husband had been subjected to harassment and bullying by colleagues including Det Gda David O'Brien.

It was alleged that in February that year, her husband received an envelope in the post containing a Valentine card, a black and red g-string, a poem of a graphic, sexual nature and a .22-calibre bullet.

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Ms Buckley said her husband had carried out his own investigation and identified the accused as the sender.

Det Gda O'Brien told the GSOC he knew Ms Conway Browning but had not seen her since the 1990s. Ms Conway Browning said the last time she spoke to Det Gda O'Brien was 15 years before.

Phone records showed 291 alleged contacts between the accused and Det Gda O'Brien between February 1 and March 26, 2011.

In her statement, the accused said her father knew Det Gda O'Brien and he told her the garda was having problems with "some p***k at work".

She then sent Det Sgt Buckley the card, underwear and poem for "a laugh".

The accused told the GSOC she sealed the envelope and posted it herself. She did not put a bullet in it and was not asked by Det Gda O'Brien or anyone else to send the card.

In her statement, she said she felt Det Sgt Buckley put the bullet in it and added: "The gardai should look at the people he locked up."

The trial continues.

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