Man who fell ill during raid ‘died from intoxication’

A MAN who became ill during a Garda raid died from cocaine, alcohol and lignocaine intoxication during restraint, an inquest heard yesterday.

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission told Cork Coroner’s Court that it is still investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of David O’Mahony in Cork city last year and the inquest was adjourned.

Mr O’Mahony, 22, became ill while gardaí were searching a house in the Gurranabraher area of the city just after 7.30pm on November 14, 2007.

The search of a terraced house at McSwiney’s Villas off Blarney Street was being carried out on foot of a warrant obtained by drugs squad detectives.

However, Mr O’Mahony became ill during the raid and was rushed to Cork University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Control of the investigation was then passed to the commission.

The inquest into his death was opened yesterday by Cork City Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane who heard evidence of identification and cause of death.

Mr O’Mahony’s mother, Noreen, said she identified the body of her son at Cork University Hospital to commission official Nick Harden.

Mr Harden said he in turn identified the body to Assistant State Pathologist, Dr Margaret Bolster, who carried out a postmortem.

Dr Bolster said death was due to cocaine, alcohol and lignocaine intoxication during restraint.

Conor Brady, one of the commission’s three commissioners, told Dr Cullinane that his office is still investigation the circumstances surrounding the death.

He applied for an adjournment of the inquest pending the outcome of the investigations and said six months should be sufficient.

Dr Cullinane agreed and put the case back for mention to early March 2009.

The commission can do one of three things when the investigation is completed.

It can refer a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions, it can recommend that the Garda Commissioner initiates disciplinary proceedings, or no action may be taken and the case will be closed.

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