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Garda who feared for life in “frenzied Kung Fu-style attack” awarded €60,000 damages

The garda said he suffered PTSD as a result of the attack.

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A 46-YEAR-old garda, who claimed he feared for his life when he was assaulted in a “frenzied Kung Fu-style attack”, has been awarded €60,000 damages in the High Court.

Garda Niall Mangan told the court that in April 2009 he had been patrolling in Carrigaline, Co Cork, with a colleague when they attended a public order disturbance that involved people drinking in a forest.

He told a Garda compensation hearing that the people were extremely drunk but most of them agreed to leave the area. One became very aggressive but eventually agreed to leave too.

Mangan, now based in Crosshaven garda station, told his barrister, Alan Keating, that he and his colleague were about to leave when the man became very vocal, insulting the two gardaí and showing them a middle finger gesture.

When Mangan’s colleague tried to arrest him, the man became very violent and resisted arrest by punching and kicking both of them.

The court heard that the man, who was a strong, six foot tall individual in his 20s, was in a frenzied state and managed to catch Mangan’s wrist, biting his left thumb until he had drawn blood.

Mangan said the man, who the court heard was a drug user, then kicked him in a Kung Fu style manner on his head, knocking him to the ground.

Keating said Mangan felt dizzy, unbalanced and nauseated after the attack . The court heard that after reinforcements had arrived, it took six members of the gardaí to arrest the man and take him to the local garda station.

Mangan, who sued the Minister for Finance, told Mr Justice Bernard Barton that he had suffered from post-concussion symptoms, involving “dagger-type” headaches behind his left eye and migraines for a number of months. He had been out of work for two months.

The court heard Mangan later developed post-traumatic stress symptoms and had needed to attend therapy sessions. His social life and sporting activities had been affected and he claimed he was still suffering from anxiety.

Barrister Kathryn Hutton, for the State, said it was the Minister’s case that Mangan had suffered PTSD symptoms only for a short period of time.

Judge Barton, awarding Mangan €60,000 damages, said he was satisfied that he suffered physical, neurological and psychological injuries following a serious assault.

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