‘Angry they could not find prostitutes’

Two off-duty gardaí stationed in Dublin seemed to get angry when they couldn’t find prostitutes on a Christmas party night out in Limerick, a court heard.

The claim was made at Limerick District Court where David Naughton, aged 33, with an address in Lucan, Dublin, and Wesley Kenny, aged 36, with an address in Sandycove, Dublin, deny charges of assaulting Luke and James Morrison, at Cecil Street, Limerick, on December 5 last.

On the opening day of the trial, Luke Morrison, aged 19, said the accused tried to force their way into his flat in Cecil St, saying they were looking for “brassers”, which the court was told is a term for prostitutes.

In evidence yesterday, James Morrison, aged 22, said he went to his brother’s apartment after getting a text message at 10pm, in which his brother said there were Travellers trying to get into his apartment.

When he got to the apartment, he met his brother and they decided to go to a fast food outlet for food.

On the street, Luke pointed out the two who had come to his apartment earlier looking for brassers.

The two accused seemed tipsy and aggressive and tried to explain why they had gone to the apartment and said they were looking for brassers. On telling them they would not find them on that street, the two accused grabbed him and his brother.

Mr Morrison said he was hit on the side of the face and head.

The accused men said they were guards and told the brothers: “Ye don’t know what ye are in for now.”

He said in cross examination she was “slightly aggressive” but not in their face. He agreed he told the two accused to “fuck off”.

Mr Morrison said the two accused seemed to get angry that they couldn’t find any prostitutes.

Garda Kieran Curtin, Roxboro Rd station, said he was on duty when they got a call to an incident in Cecil St.

On arriving there, they found the Morrisons on the ground being restrained by the defendants.

A man at the scene told him the Morrisons had attacked the defendants with a knife and a machete.

David Naughton told him Luke Morrison had a knife.

Garda Curtin searched Luke Morrison and found he had no weapon.

The defendants alleged the Morrisons were trying to steal a wallet. The Morrisons denied this and claimed they had been attacked.

Garda Curtin said he searched the vicinity and could find no knife.

The trial continues.

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