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Court appearance Garda charged over offences related to the coercive control of his former partner

The male Garda, who is aged in his early 40s, is currently suspended from An Garda Síochána.

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A serving member of the gardai is due in court this morning for offences related to the coercive control of his former partner. 

The male Garda, who is aged in his early 40s, is currently suspended from An Garda Síochána.

Detectives from the gardaí’s National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI) arrested the Dublin-based officer yesterday.

“The alleged activities that this individual was involved in are at the higher end of the scale in relation to this type of crime,” a senior source told Independent.ie.

“His activities are alleged to have happened over a sustained period of time and the victim in this case has been left extremely traumatised.

"There was a huge amount of harassment involved,” the source added.

Throughout the pandemic, gardaí have repeatedly stated that victims of domestic abuse, including coercive control, are exempt from travel restrictions imposed during lockdown.

Since last year, specialised Protective Services Bureaus have also been established in every garda divison to deal which such crimes.

Each bureau has detectives specifically trained to investigate with crimes of a sexual nature or incidents of domestic violence.

They are also trained to investigate crimes involving vulnerable victims and children.

Coercive control was made an offence in 2018 and makes it a crime to engage in behaviour that is controlling or coercive or has a serious effect on a relevant person.

It is understood that specialist officers from the NBCI were drafted in to deal with this case because the suspect is a serving garda.

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He was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 in Lucan Garda Station for the investigation of offences in relation to coercive control.

The garda has since been charged and will appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice (Court 1) this morning at 10.30am.

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