Gardaí attacked by couple after intervening in late-night row

A GARDA was nearly strangled and his female colleague punched in the face and head after they went to separate a couple who were involved in a verbal argument in Cork city centre.

The male garda, in his late 20s, was taken to hospital with neck injuries after the early morning incident, last Saturday, in Washington Street.

It is understood, when gardaí offered assistance, the pair became extremely violent and turned on the officers.

It is believed the male garda was almost strangled when he was caught by the straps of his bicycle helmet.

His colleague, who was also in her late 20s and from the bicycle unit based at Anglesea Street Garda Station, suffered a black eye after being punched in the face.

Superintendent Barry McPolin said gardaí had moved to intervene in the dispute when they “saw the verbal altercation escalating”.

The couple then turned on the officers and inflicted the injuries.

The offenders initially resisted arrest but were eventually taken into custody at the Bridewell Garda Station, following the 2.45am attack.

“We are hoping both the gardaí involved will make a full recovery,” Superintendent McPolin said.

The male garda remains out of work following the attack but it is understood his female colleague has returned to duties.

“The investigation is continuing and we will be preparing a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions,” the superintendent said.

He said gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the attack to contact either the Bridewell Garda Station at (021) 4270681, or Anglesea Street station at (021) 4522000.

Detectives are also examining CCTV footage taken in the area.

This is the latest in a series of attacks on gardaí.

Late last month, a traffic corps garda had a lucky escape when a man threw a petrol bomb into his unmarked van. The garda had been operating the covert GATSO speed check van on the outskirts of Blarney, Co Cork on the evening of August 26 when the attack took place.

He was in the back of the van when a man described as being 6ft tall lobbed a petrol bomb through the front window.

The Garda Representative Association has said it is very concerned about the increasing numbers of gardaí who are being attacked while doing their duty.


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