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Assaults on Emergency Services
Judge commends the bravery of a garda who chased down a crazed attacker

Conor Gallagher – 16 May 2013

A JUDGE has commended the “bravery and commitment” of a garda who continued to chase down a crazed attacker who had just stabbed him.

The mentally ill accused was jailed today for randomly assaulting a man in a park before repeatedly attacking a garda who was pursuing him.

Walid Owen (33), who is of Libyan extraction, was in the throes of “acute psychosis” when he stabbed the man with a glass bottle after rambling incoherently about the Koran and Allah.

He was chased on foot by Garda Richard Herity despite the garda sustaining injuries when Owen repeatedly attacked him with a stick and stabbed him with the glass.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring praised the bravery of Gda Herity and asked that her comments be based onto the garda commissioner.

“His actions speak to the bravery and commitment of gardai in that he continued to chase Mr Owen though he was injured,” she said. “This bravery is expected but not often commented upon by society.”

Judge Ring imposed a four and half year sentence on Owen but suspended the final 18 months on strict conditions. She also ordered he undergo 18 months post release supervision

Owen, of Barton Road West, Rathfarnham, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Mark Hansart and Gda Herity in Raheny on April 3, 2011.

Mr Hansart was treated in hospital for wounds to his cheek, neck and arm as well as a drop in blood pressure due to blood loss. Gda Herity was treated for lacerations to his face and arm and left with permanent scarring.

Owen was transferred to the Central Mental Hospital after his arrest where he stabilized following treatment. His family are supporting him in managing his condition and he is taking medication. He has seven previous convictions for minor offences.

Sean Gillane SC, defending, said it appeared the offences were “utterly motiveless and senseless” and that at the core of the incident was “a very deep seated sickness.”

He said Mr Hansart had been an “utterly blameless victim” enjoying an afternoon in the park and Gda Herity had displayed considerable bravery in the execution of his duty.

Mr Gillane submitted that Owen had chosen to plead guilty and take criminal responsibility for the offences rather then opting for pleading not guilty by reason of insanity due to his mental condition at the time. He said Owen had explicitly apologized for what he had done.
He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster.

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Men who fired on PSNI officers were 'intent on murder'

Officers left shaken after responding to bogus burglary alert in west Belfast

Press Association

Gunmen who fired on three PSNI officers responding to a call for help in Northern Ireland were intent on murder, the force said tonight. A 26-year-old man was later arrested.

The officers were left shaken after they were lured into west Belfast by a bogus burglary alert.

A window on a car was smashed and residents dragged their children indoors following the attack in Dunmurry.

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) chief inspector Darrin Jones it was “despicable that police officers who were simply trying to give assistance to a person they believed needed them should be attacked so ruthlessly.

“Simply put, this was an attempt to murder three young, professional, dedicated people.

“Three people who were just trying to carry out their duty and serve their community to the best of their ability.”Two policemen and a policewoman were targeted with gunshot.

The response crew was attending a report of a burglary in Foxes Glen at around 1pm when a number of shots were fired at them. None of the officers were injured but one of the gunshots struck a parked car.

Chief Inspector Jones added: “Inquiries have established that the original burglary call was bogus and police are treating this incident as an attempt to murder police officers.”

Dissident republicans have been responsible for a number of attacks on members of the security forces in recent times. The officer appealed for anybody with information to contact police.

“I feel extremely fortunate and incredibly grateful that those responsible for this attack failed in their goal to murder,” he said.

“We could so easily have been dealing with an unimaginable tragedy had the person or persons who pulled the trigger had their evil way.

“I pay tribute to the three officers for their bravery, their professionalism and their unshakable commitment to the police service and to the community, and I ask people in Twinbrook, Dunmurry and further afield to continue to support us and to let the people behind this reckless attack know that they do not have support and they will not succeed.”
He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster.

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Two gardaí assaulted and patrol car rammed during house search in Dublin
Updated: 08:15, Sunday, 19 May 2013

Two gardaí based at Ronanstown station were assaulted
Two gardaí have been assaulted and a patrol car rammed during a search of a house in Dublin.
The incident happened at Meile an Rí, off Balgaddy Lane in Lucan, at around 6.45pm yesterday evening.
Gardaí from Ronanstown searched the house and seized heroin worth an estimated €48,000.
The two gardaí were assaulted during the operation and their patrol car was rammed.
The officers were taken to Tallaght Hospital for treatment.
A 16-year-old boy was arrested and taken to Ronanstown Garda Station for questioning.
He has since been released and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Hope the members are ok!
Meil an Ri and Burg an Ri ar the 2 estates in Balgaddy where most of the "residents" of St. Micheal's estate where moved to following the demolition of the flats complex in Inchicore. Having been in there on a number of calls over the years since they were built it appears that old habits die hard for most of the residents.
We trained hard ... but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.
I have to close this thread due to length. A good thread Silop, keep em coming.
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