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C. Flower
09-06-2010, 09:39 AM
An "eastern European man" was reported as having died in Dundalk Garda Station on Sunday night. Mark Coughlan has pulled together a list of deaths in Garda custody on The Story blog. I have the same feeling as Coughlan, that these deaths shouldn't be ignored. Some of them are very likely alcohol related - but if that's the case, should the way that people are held and monitored when drunk be changed ? Others were definitely not drunk.



Deaths in Garda custody (http://thestory.ie/2010/06/08/deaths-in-garda-custody/)

Another person died in Garda custody yesterday (http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0607/breaking48.html). These stories are consistently let slide.
Below is a list of known deaths in custody since 1997 compiled over a few hours. I don’t think it to be absolute, though I cannot find reports of others after quite some time searching. Most have source links though some were found using Lexis Nexis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LexisNexis). I found reports about 36 deaths. There has been two or three deaths each year on average, yet already this year four people have died in the care of the Gardai.
Notably all those who died were males. A disproportionate number seem to have died in one of three Dublin stations, Kilmainham, Tallaght or Store Street. This perhaps could be attributed to the size of these districts.
List below the fold. Split per year.

Deaths in Garda custory – 1997 / 2010
Derek Lehane – January 1997 (http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/1997/1021/97102100030.html). Midleton Garda station, Cork.
Norman McGrath – December 1997. Ballyfermot, Dublin.
1998
David O’Connor – January 1998. Wexford Garda Station.
Peter Williams – 7 September 1998. Kilmainham Garda Station, Dublin.
Francis Brooks – September 18 1998. Tallaght, Dublin.
1999
Martin Hickey – 26 May 1999. Trim, Meath.
Unnamed male – 22 August 1999. Rathmines Garda Station, Dublin.
2000
Derek Cooper – May 10 2000. Roxboro, Limerick. Found hanging in cell.
Walter Kells – October 2000. Drogheda, Louth.
2001
Unnamed male – June 4 2001. Store Street, Dublin.
Patrick Hayes – May 3 2001 (http://www.rte.ie/news/2002/1212/inquest.html). Found hanging in a cell in Dungarvan Garda Station, Waterford.
Thomas Mongan – September 30 2001. Galway.
2002
Brain Rossiter – September 12 2002. Found collapsed in Clonmel Garda Station, Tipperary, died later in hospital.
Paul Magee – December 2002 (http://www.independent.ie/national-news/courts/garda-custody-death-teen-was-off-his-head-when-arrested-1969471.html). Died in Kilmainham Garda Station, Dublin, after a collapse caused by cocaine.
2003
Johner Moloney – May 4 2003 (http://www.independent.ie/national-news/arrest-teen-brain-damaged-220466.html). Rathfarnham Station, Dublin. Died after being found with brain injuries following arrest. A Bebo page (http://secure.bebo.com/Profile.jsp?MemberId=1475702135) run by family and friends continues to get updates to this day.
Unnamed male – June 17 2003. Tallaght, Dublin.
John Delaney – September 21 2003 (http://www.rte.ie/news/2004/1221/kilkenny.html). Kilkenny Garda Station.
2004
William Haugh – January 3 2004. Clontarf, Dublin.
Peter Skelly – January 13 2004 (http://www.emigrant.ie/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14911&Itemid=20). Youghal, Cork.
Thomas Campion – January 2004 (http://www.independent.ie/national-news/prison-cell-cctv-plea-by-jury-at-death-in-custody-inquest-140058.html). Store Street, Dublin.
2005
Terence Wheelock – June 2 2005. Store Street, Dublin. This case has been covered in depth on this website (http://thestory.ie/?s=Terence+Wheelock&submit_button=Search).
Unnamed – December 17 2005 (http://www.rte.ie/news/2005/1217/monaghan.html). Monaghan.
2006
Dwayne Foster – March 7 2006 (http://breaking.tcm.ie/archives/2008/0401/ireland/mhojojgbmhey/). Coolock, Dublin.
Unnamed – November 26 2006 (http://breakingnews.ie/ireland/post-mortem-finds-man-in-garda-custody-died-of-natural-causes-286706.html). Waterford.
Unknown – Unknown. Togher Garda Station.
Unknown – Unknown. Naas Garda Station.
Unknown – Unknown. Store Street, Dublin.
2007
Derek O’Toole – March 4 2007 (http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/1030/otooled.html). Lucan. Off-duty gardaí, unusual circumstances, see link.
Dariusz Dobron - June 17 2007 (http://www.tribune.ie/news/article/2009/jul/19/garda-ombudsman-report-into-polish-nationals-death/). Tralee, Kerry.
Mark Anthony Reidy – December 30 2007 (http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/1219/1224260978710.html). Terenure Garda Station, Dublin.
2009
Unnamed male – March 12 2009 (http://www.rte.ie/news/2009/0313/navan.html). Navan.
Unnamed male – June 4 2009 (http://www.independent.ie/national-news/death-of-man-in-custody-still-a-mystery-1763747.html). Sutton, Dublin.
2010
Antonio Nunes - April 21 2010 (http://www.herald.ie/national-news/city-news/man-who-died-in-garda-cell-was-dublins-worst-yob-2149970.html). Tallaght, Dublin.
Unnamed male – May 21 2010 (http://www.independent.ie/national-news/otoole-death-inquiry-a-must-for-garda-watchdog-49385.html). Tallaght, Dublin.
Johnny Nevin – April 25 2010 (http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0425/breaking27.html). Templemore, Tipperary.
Unnamed male – Monday June 7 2010 (http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0607/breaking48.html). Dundalk, Louth.



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Derelict
09-06-2010, 04:00 PM
these deaths shouldn't be ignored.

True.

In London, and some other parts of the UK, the police have massively reduced their deaths-in-custody by just not arresting drunks.

What happens now is that if a policeman sees someone laying drunk in the gutter he always judges that the man is ill and calls an ambulance, reporting that the man as ill; he also goes through a first-aid drill; and rushes off the instant the ambulance pulls up.

The ambulance crew then decide that the person in the gutter is drunk, put him on his feet, and then leave him.

Okay, sometimes the drunk does come to harm, but so what? At no time was he ever 'in custody'.

Sam Lord
09-06-2010, 04:11 PM
"A disproportionate number seem to have died in one of three Dublin stations, Kilmainham, Tallaght or Store Street. This perhaps could be attributed to the size of these districts."

From my experience of Store Street it could also be attributed to something else ...

C. Flower
09-06-2010, 04:18 PM
"A disproportionate number seem to have died in one of three Dublin stations, Kilmainham, Tallaght or Store Street. This perhaps could be attributed to the size of these districts."

From my experience of Store Street it could also be attributed to something else ...

Speaking to us from the Other Side Sam ? :eek:

Sam Lord
09-06-2010, 05:01 PM
Speaking to us from the Other Side Sam ? :eek:

I use one of those automatic writing mediums.

Derelict
10-06-2010, 04:44 PM
"A disproportionate number seem to have died in one of three Dublin stations, Kilmainham, Tallaght or Store Street. This perhaps could be attributed to the size of these districts."

From my experience of Store Street it could also be attributed to something else ...

It could be that these localities are particular problems with street-drunks.

And it might also be that the hospitals in those areas are resolutely refusing to accept any of 'their well-known regular customers' - the notorious alcoholics and drug-users - on occasions when that man is being violent or abusive.

What is a garda supposed to do then? Leave him, screaming and shouting, ill in the gutter? Or does he arrest him, for his behaviour, and give him shelter in a cell?

Arresting people for being drunk&disorderly or drunk&incapable does inevitably result in 'Deaths in Custody'.