A Garda who claimed he feared for his life when he was assaulted in a “frenzied kung fu-style attack” has been awarded €60,000 damages in the High Court.
Garda Niall Mangan, aged 46, told the court that, in April 2009, he had been patrolling in Carrigaline, Co Cork, with a colleague when they attended a public order disturbance that involved youths drinking in a forest.
He told a Garda compensation hearing that the drinkers were extremely intoxicated but most of them had agreed to leave the area. One man had become very aggressive but eventually agreed to leave too.
Gda Mangan, now based in Crosshaven Garda Station, told his barrister, Alan Keating, that he and his colleague were about to leave when the man became very vocal, insulting the two gardaí, and showing them a middle-finger gesture.
When Gda Mangan’s colleague tried to arrest him, the youth became very violent and resisted arrest.
The court heard that the man, who was six feet tall and in his twenties, was in a frenzied state and managed to catch Gda Mangan’s wrist, biting his left thumb until he had drawn blood.
Gda Mangan said the man, who the court heard was a drug user, then kicked him in a kung fu-style manner on his head, knocking him to the ground.
Gda Mangan, who sued the minister for finance, told Mr Justice Bernard Barton that he had suffered from post-concussion symptoms and later developed post-traumatic stress symptoms.
Judge Barton, awarding damages, said he was satisfied that the garda suffered physical, neurological, and psychological injuries.
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