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Garda "put foot on arrested man's neck"

The evidence was given at Waterford Circuit Court yesterday in relation to the alleged assault of a man in January 2010.

A COURT IN WATERFORD was told yesterday that a garda sergeant accused of assault told investigators that he put his foot on the alleged victim’s neck.

In the print edition of today’s Irish Independent, Conor Kane reports that Sgt Alan Kissane also told them he put his foot on the alleged victim, Anthony Holness’s hand during the arrest on 29 January 2010.

Sgt Kissane, Sgt Martha McEnery and Garda Daniel Hickey all deny assaulting Holness and causing him harm.

Yesterday Waterford Circuit Court heard that the Sgt McEnery had given Holness “a few slaps on the back of the head“.

Sgt Kissane told the Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission that he didn’t assault or mistreat Holness.

Sgt McEnery and Sgt Kissane had received a call on 29 January 2010 to assist Gda Hickey in arresting Holness.

McEnery said that she heard Holness shout things like “I’ll f***ing kill you” when they arrived on the scene.

Read more on the case on page 9 of the print edition of today’s Irish Independent>

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