Limerick man in court after garda car is rammed

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

A CASTLETROY man was remanded in custody when he appeared in Court charged in connection with the ramming of an unmarked garda parol car, which resulted in the hospitalisation of two female gardai.

A CASTLETROY man was remanded in custody when he appeared in Court charged in connection with the ramming of an unmarked garda parol car, which resulted in the hospitalisation of two female gardai.

Gerard Doyle, aged 42, of Brú na Gruadán, Castletroy, appeared before a special sitting of Limerick District Court on Saturday evening.

Garda Mark McGauley, Henry Street, told the court he made no reply when formally charged with the incident.

The court heard Doyle was arrested at 8.40am on Saturday at the Mid-Western Regional hospital in Dooradoyle, where he was being treated for injuries, and brought to Henry Street where he was charged.

The accused is charged with intentionally or recklessly driving a car at the two gardaí, which created a substantial risk of death or serious injury to both women, under Section 13 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997, at Brú na Gruadán last Friday.

Solicitor John Devane said his client was not applying for bail at this time but would do so at his next appearance tomorrow.

Mr Devane outlined to the court that the anniversary of the accused’s father, a murder victim, is around this time.

Judge Aeneas McCarthy remanded the accused in custody to appear before the court again at 10.30am tomorrow. He also granted a request that appropriate medical treatment be given to Doyle in prison.

The defendant received 14 staples in his head and his right hand is broken, believed to be as a result of injuries sustained in the alleged collision.

It is alleged the incident happened as the two female gardai, both attached to Henry Street station, were responding to a call-out in the Bru na Grudán estate in Castletroy, following a 999 emergency call.

On entering the estate at about 1.30pm, a gold-coloured Rover crashed head on into their red Toyota Corolla.

One garda sustained injuries to her neck and back, while the second sustained minor injuries.

They were taken from the scene by ambulance and treated for shock.

Both were released from hospital on Friday night.

The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission is also investigating the circumstances of Friday’s incident.