Former Garda Sentenced for Domestic Abuse following GSOC Investigation
Press Release: for immediate release. Monday 18 October 2021
A former member of An Garda Síochána has been sentenced to six months, with three months suspended, for domestic abuse-related offences, following an investigation by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC).
The former Garda appeared at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin today, Monday 18 October 2021, after pleading guilty on 28 July 2021 to trespass and assault causing harm to his ex-partner. These offences were committed while he was a serving member of An Garda Síochána.
GSOC provides an independent investigation service for members of the public who wish to complain about the behaviour of An Garda Síochána.
GSOC would encourage any person who has been the subject of abuse from a domestic partner – or ex-partner – who is a Garda to contact GSOC so it can be investigated.
For more information, or to submit a complaint, please visit the GSOC website – www.gardaombudsman.ie – or call 1890 600 800.
Information on support services for those experiencing domestic violence are provided below.
NOTES TO EDITOR:
- In addition to the sentence, the former Garda also had a number of conditions placed on his conviction. These included supervision by the probation and welfare service, drug treatment, anger management training, and the payment of a compensation order of €1000 to the victim.
- The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) was established in 2007 under the Garda Síochána Act, 2005 (as amended). Its role is to independently deal with matters involving possible misconduct by members of An Garda Síochána.
- GSOC provides an independent investigation service for members of the public who wish to complain about the behaviour of An Garda Síochána. For more information, or to submit a complaint, please visit the GSOC website – gardaombudsman.ie – or call 1890 600 800.
- GSOC’s functions are outlined here: https://www.gardaombudsman.ie/about-gsoc/gsocs-functions/
Domestic violence support services
Tel: 1800 341 900 – 24hr National Freephone Helpline
Tel: 090 6479078
ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services
Tel: 061 412354
Tel: 087 952 5217 – Advice Line
24hr Refuge: 01 866 2015
Men’s Aid Ireland
Help line : 01 5543811
Web : www.mensaid.ie
Men’s Development Network
Tel: 1800 816 588 Male Victims National Helpline
Rape Crisis Help
Tel: 1800 778888
Tel: 116 123 – 24 hr Helpline