Garda robbed and stabbed in the head with fork, court told
An off-duty garda was repeatedly stabbed in the head with a fork and robbed of his badge during a “savage, frenzied” attack in front of his partner on a Dublin street, a court heard.
The officer was allegedly set upon by three people and left with “horrible” injuries after he attempted to seize drugs that were offered to him in the city centre.
As well as being stabbed, Dublin District Court heard the garda was struck with a “haymaker” punch to the face.
A pregnant mother of two, her partner and his brother have appeared in court accused of violently robbing the garda. Judge Carol Ann Coolican granted them bail despite Garda objections and adjourned the cases.
Tanya Cully (30), with an address at a city hostel; her partner Michael Doran (33), of no fixed address; and his brother John Doran (35), of Richmond Park, Monkstown, are all charged with robbery at Aungier Street on August 15.
In Mr Doran’s case, Garda Fionnuala Lawlor objected to bail, saying the alleged victim was approached at 11.20pm and offered drugs by Mr Doran. When the garda tried to seize the drugs, he was allegedly attacked by the three suspects.
He was punched, kicked and stabbed multiple times in the head with a fork, Gda Lawlor said. The garda fell to the ground, where the three rifled through his pockets and his official Garda ID badge was taken, it was alleged.
The garda sustained deep lacerations to the top of his head and face, the court heard.
The attack was “savage and ferocious”, the garda said.
It was alleged Mr Doran and Ms Cully kicked and punched the garda but did not use any weapon.
Garda Christopher Fitzgerald said Ms Cully was alleged to have picked up the garda badge during the attack. It had since been recovered.
Judge Coolican said the accused were all entitled to a presumption of innocence.
She granted them bail in their own bonds subject to conditions. They were all remanded on bail, to appear in court again on September 7.