Former Garda Awarded €40,000 for Injuries Sustained While Apprehending a Thief

A former Garda has been awarded €40,000 in Garda
compensation for injuries he sustained while trying to apprehend a motorbike
thief in July 2001. Eamonn Fitzgerald, from Cork, told Ms Justice Mary Irvine
that the court that he and a colleague were attempting to apprehend the thief,
who had pinned Eammon’s colleague to the floor. After trying to pull their thief
away, Fitzgerald was tossed down some concrete steps. After landing awkwardly,
the Garda had to spend six weeks in hospital recovering from his injuries.

The damages will be paid by the Minister for Finance.