Gardai to contest Limerick assault charges

David Hurley

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David Hurley

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TWO Dublin-based gardai who are accused of assaulting two brothers during a night out in Limerick city last Christmas are set to contest the charges, a court has heard.

TWO Dublin-based gardai who are accused of assaulting two brothers during a night out in Limerick city last Christmas are set to contest the charges, a court has heard.

The defendants are each charged under Section 2 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act with assaulting the two brothers during an incident at Catherine Street in the early hours of December 5, 2013.

It is alleged the two gardai, who were off duty, committed the offences during a Christmas Party which was being held in Limerick.

Superintendent Alan Cunningham, formerly of Bruff garda station, was appointed to investigate the incident last year and the two serving gardai first appeared in court a number of months ago after the were charged.

They are David Naughton from Lucan and Wesley Kenny who has an address in Sandyford.

This Wednesday, solicitor Darach McCarthy, acting on behalf of a Dublin-based legal firm, indicated that both men would be contesting the charges against them.

Limerick District Court was told that there is extensive CCTV footage and other material relating to the alleged offence and that the hearing of the case is likely to last a full day, if not longer.

Sergeant Donal Cronin agreed with Mr McCarthy’s submission and he said it is likely that a special court date will have to be set to hear the case.

Neither of the defendants were present in court for this Wednesday’s brief hearing as their attendance had previously been excused.

After hearing that the case will be lengthy, Judge Eugene O’Kelly agreed to adjourn the matter for a fortnight to facilitate discussions as to a suitable hearing date.

Neither Garda Naughton nor Garda Kenny will be required to attend on the occasion when a date will be set to hear the case.

If convicted of the charge, the defendants face a fine of up to £1,905 and / or a six month prison sentence.

It’s not known if they will face disciplinary sanctions within An Garda Siochana as a result of what happened.

The case was adjourned until September 24, next for mention.