Shot Limerick Garda facing assault charges

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A file pic of Garda Brian Hanrahan, based at Newcastlewest Garda station, who was shot while on holidays in New Orleans, USA. Picture Credit Brian Gavin Press 22
Garda Brian Hanrahan, based at Newcastle West Garda station, who was shot while on holidays in New Orleans, USA is now facing Nenagh assault charges

THE Limerick Garda who was shot in New Orleans last year as he withdrew money from an ATM, has been given a month to review the prosecution case in which he is accused of assaulting two women.

Brian Hanrahan, (34) with an address in Newcastle West faces two charges of assault contrary to section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act. He was charged with the offences on October 6 and made no reply when the were formally put to him at Nenagh Garda Station.

It is the State’s case that Garda Hanrahan was involved in an incident last February when two women were assaulted.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has indicated that the case can be dealt with by the District Court but Judge Elizabeth McGrath is to hear an outline of the evidence against Garda Hanrahan before jurisdiction is decided.

Garda Hanrahan made headlines last year when he was shot in the back and the leg as he attempted to withdraw $200 from an ATM machine in New Orleans. He had been on holiday in the US city when he was attacked.

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He underwent emergency surgery before returning to Limerick where he recovered and returned to light duties.

Following the brief court hearings, Garda Hanrahan was remanded on his own €500 bail bond to appear before Nenagh District Court on November 24.