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Hit hard Garda headbutted after Cork bar fight gets over €40k for his injuries

Gda Twomey, attached to Blackrock garda station in Cork, said one of the men known as 'BB' had gone berserk outside the pub and when he grabbed his arm in an attempt to restrain him, BB had headbutted him into the face.

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A GARDA, who was headbutted in the face as he attempted to restrain a man, has been awarded more than €40,000 damages in the High Court for personal injuries.

Ms Justice Mary Rose Gearty was told in a garda compensation hearing that Cork garda John Twomey and a colleague, Garda Karen Ring, had been directed to a fight in a bar in Mahon, Cork, in August 2014.

Barrister Ellen Gleeson, counsel for Gda Twomey, told the court that by the time the garda had arrived at the bar the fight was over but the participants were still behaving hostile towards each other outside the bar.

Ms Gleeson, who appeared with Ernest Cantillon Solicitors, said there had been five or six people involved in the dispute and a number of arrests had been made for offences under the Criminal Justice Public Order Act.

Gda Twomey, attached to Blackrock garda station in Cork, said one of the men known as 'BB' had gone berserk outside the pub and when he grabbed his arm in an attempt to restrain him, BB had headbutted him into the face.

The two gardaí had succeeded in getting BB partly away from the scene but Gda Twomey had been assaulted a second time.

Early the next day, he went to see a GP in Youghal as he had a badly swollen nose. The court heard he had also suffered dental damage.

Judge Gearty awarded Gda Twomey €25,000 in general damages for pain and suffering to date with a further €9,000 towards future pain and potential dental services in the future.

The judge also awarded him €7,653 special damages for expenses he had incurred in treatment since the August 2014 incident.

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