Limerick based garda charged with assaulting two women

Limerick based garda charged with assaulting two women

Garda Brian Hanrahan, who is originally from Tipperary, but is based in Newcastle West garda station

A LIMERICK-based garda who was shot in the United States has been charged with assaulting two women.

Garda Brian Hanrahan, 34, of Newcastle West garda station, made headlines when shot in the leg and back in New Orleans in January 2015.

He was charged before Judge Elizabeth MacGrath at Nenagh District Court this Thursday. Garda Hanrahan did not speak during the brief hearing.

He was charged with two alleged assaults contrary to Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act in relation to an incident following a night out in Nenagh last February.

The District Court heard that the garda made no reply when the charges were formally put to him after caution at Nenagh Garda Station, where he had attended under appointment at 2pm on Thursday.

The court heard that the DPP was satisfied that the matter could be heard at District Court level and that statements will be ready for submission from next week.

Judge MacGrath adjourned the matter to a later date. She will make a ruling on whether she accepts jurisdiction in the matter.

The Limerick based garda came to prominence when he was shot in the US in 2015.

Two brothers are before the courts in New Orleans charged in relation to the gun attack on Garda Hanrahan.