Off-duty gardai were ‘looking for brazzers’ in Limerick

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Garda David Naugton (left) and Garda Wesley Kenny were found not guilty of assaulting two Limerick brothers during a Christmas night out in Limerick last year [Picture: Press 22]
TWO Dublin gardai have been accused of assaulting two brothers during a Christmas Party in Limerick after they asked them where they could find some prostitutes.

TWO Dublin gardai have been accused of assaulting two brothers during a Christmas Party in Limerick after they asked them where they could find some prostitutes.

David Naughton from Lucan and Wesley Kenny, who has an address in Sandyford, have pleaded not guilty to assaulting Luke Morrison and his brother James Morrison on December 5, 2013.

Limerick District Court has heard that both men are stationed at garda stations in the capital and were attending a Christmas night out when the alleged offences occurred.

In his evidence yesterday, Luke Morrison (19) said when he returned to his apartment at Cecil Street at around 9.30pm, he encountered the two defendants, who were outside talking with a friend of his.

He said as he tried to go inside the men said they were looking for “brazzers” and tried to force their way in to the building.

Mr Morrison said they made their way into the hallway before he and he friend forced them out and closed the door. The court was told that around 20 minutes later, as Mr Morrison and his brother, James, were walking to the Chicken Hut restaurant for food, they encountered the defendants on the street.

Mr Morrison said as he and his brother passed the defendants near the junction of Cecil Street and Catherine Street, they put up their hands saying “no trouble”.

He told the court that he informed the defendants they would not find any prostitutes on the street and that he suggested they look elsewhere.

Mr Morrison and his brother then continued onto Catherine Street, where it is alleged they were assaulted by the defendants.

CCTV footage appears to show the defendants following the brothers from Cecil Street onto Catherine Street where an altercation can clearly be seen.

Mr Morrison told State solicitor Michael Murray, prosecuting, that during the altercation one of the defendants shoved a garda badge in his face telling him not to “f*** with the guards”.

He further alleged that when a crowd began to form, the defendants accused him and his brother of trying to rob their phones and wallets.

Being cross-examined by Breffni Gordon BL, Mr Morrison denied he had waved a bread knife at the defendants when they tried to enter his apartment.

“There is no truth in that whatsoever” he said adding: “They assaulted me and now they are trying to put a spin on it.”

In a bizarre development shortly before lunchtime yesterday, Mr Morrison left the stand and walked out of the courtroom in the middle of his cross-examination stating that he wished to withdraw his statement of complaint.

However, after discussions with gardai and Mr Murray he later returned to the witness box to complete his evidence.

The hearing continues before Judge Grainne O’Neill this morning.