Doctor found abrasions on man alleging assault by gardaí

A DOCTOR who examined a man alleged to have been assaulted by gardaí found abrasions on his forehead and nasal area and a bruise on his left bicep, a court heard yesterday.

The evidence was submitted to Waterford Circuit Court on the third day of the trial of gardaí charged with offences arising from an alleged assault on Anthony Holness, aged 38, on January 29 of last year.

Sergeant Alan Kissane, Sergeant Martha McEnery and Garda Daniel Hickey all deny assaulting Mr Holness, causing him harm, while Garda John Burke denies acting with intent to impede the apprehension or prosecution of another and acting in a manner tending and intended to pervert the course of justice.

The gardaí are all based at Waterford Garda Station in the city.

A report prepared by Dr Marisa Moodley was read to the jury yesterday in which she examined Mr Holness on January 30, 2010, after he went to the emergency department & in Waterford Regional Hospital.

The man claimed he had been “punched on the face” by gardaí and that his right wrist was in pain from being handcuffed.

Dr Moodley found him to have abrasions to the left side of the forehead and on his nasal bridge, redness to his left eye and a bruise on his left bicep. He again attended the ED on February 1, complaining of “a severe headache” but an emergency CT scan found no abnormality.

Mr Holness’s cousin, Beryl Hennessy told the court he had called to her house on the evening of January 29. She saw he had two black eyes, bruising to his forehead, his eyes were bloodshot and one of his arms was swollen.

The allegations are that Gda Hickey repeatedly punched Mr Holness in the head after the latter resisted arrest, while Sgt Kissane is alleged to have stood on Mr Holness and Sgt McEnery is alleged to have hit him in the head with her fist.

Gda Burke was alleged to have turned a CCTV camera away from the scene for a number of seconds during the alleged assaults, while he was directing the system at Waterford Garda Station.

Evidence resumes today.

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