Garda allegedly paid criminal €300 to attack female colleague’s home as corruption probe launched
The officer is likely to be sacked but could also face criminal prosecution
Michael O’TooleCrime Correspondent
- 10:04, 28 DEC 2022
A member of An Garda Síochána is at the centre of a major anti-corruption investigation for allegedly paying a criminal to attack another officer’s home.
The Irish Mirror reports that a Garda is suspected of giving a low-level criminal €300 to attack a female officer’s home and is now being investigated by the recently-established Garda Anti-Corruption Unit.
The report states that the officer under investigation has already been suspended.
It’s claimed that local detectives in the Leinster area referred the case to the Dublin-based ACU after uncovering evidence that one of their own colleagues was behind an attack on a female officer, who called for assistance after a brick was thrown through a window of her home.
CCTV footage from a nearby house was obtained and a taxi was seen in the area at the time of the attack. Sources claim that investigators have spoken to the taxi driver, who confirmed that he had driven a man to the estate where the female officer lives. The taxi driver added that the man told him to wait at the scene before returning a few minutes later and instructing him to drive off.
Investigators soon established the identity of the suspect, believed to be a low-level criminal and small-time drug dealer from the area, and he was arrested on suspicion of attacking the officer’s house.
He was held at the local Garda station and initially refused to make any comment.
But detectives then raided his house and discovered a secret phone with voice notes.
Sources have claimed that one of the voice notes allegedly warned the criminal that he had been identified as the chief suspect for the attack on the female officer’s home. It’s understood the message told the criminal to get out of his house before he could be arrested.
The criminal was later confronted with the voice notes and claimed to detectives he was paid €300 by the officer to attack the female Garda’s home.
What’s been said?
Sources suggested to the publication that the officer is not only likely to be sacked but could also face criminal prosecution and potentially jail time if the allegations are proven.
“The whole station is talking about it. Nobody can believe it,” a source told the outlet.
Sources say the ACU is now investigating the male Garda for allegedly ordering the attack on the female officer’s home and also for allegedly leaking information to the criminal.
If he is charged and convicted of that offence, the maximum sentence is a fine of €50,000 and up to five years in prison.
Gardaí are yet to officially comment on the allegations.