Garda Awarded Compensation After Crash

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An officer who sustained hip and leg injuries in a car ramming incident in which his partner was killed was awarded €45,000 compensation for Garda injuries.

Garda Bernard McLoughlin and colleague Garda Gary McLoughlin had their patrol car rammed by Martin McDermott, of Raphoe, County Donegal in December 2009. Garda Gary McLoughlin subsequently died from the injuries he sustained while Garda Bernard McLoughlin had to take a leave of absence as he was unable to work with the injuries he sustained. In July 2011 McDermott was sentenced to eight years in prison for manslaughter.

Awarding the claim at the High Court In Dublin Ms Justice Mary Irvine said the two officers who shared were more than colleagues after they had lived and trained together during their training at Templemore before being stationed in Buncrana.

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