Gardaí has issued a call for more information about what has been described as a “cowardly attack” on one of its members in Cavan last month.
Garda Síochána is continuing to investigate the circumstances of the attack on Garda Padraig Scott, an unarmed uniformed member, which took place in the early hours of February 28.
The incident happened in the Blacklion area and reports indicate the officer overtook a suspicious vehicle near the western village of Cavan where some residents live.
He was badly beaten and doused with gasoline near the open prison Loughan House.
One direction of investigation is that he may have been targeted by criminals “bringing contraband” into prison.
A source said: “The area where he was found is known for its contraband into the open prison.
Gardaí has confirmed that Garda Scott is still on active duty and recovering from his injuries.
“He continues to be fully supported by his family, friends and colleagues and is being provided with benefits and any other support as required from Garda Employee Support Services,” a statement said. Garda’s father said,
“Last night, a week since the attack, Gardaí conducted a checkpoint on N16, Loughan, Co. Cavan at the scene of this attack.”
Speaking this morning, Superintendent Alan McGovern described Garda Scott as a diligent officer and urged the public to contact Gardaí investigators if they have any information about the incident.
“Padraig is a non-uniform member of An Garda Síochána; he began his regular duties on Sunday, February 27, 2022; he is a diligent member of An Garda Síochána, performing his duties. It was his normal duty to keep everyone safe but was the result of a cowardly attack of unknown origin.The criminals he had failed to complete that night; Padraig had to hospitalized and is still on duty recovering from the injuries and trauma of this attack,” he said.
“The investigative team continues to make progress on this investigation and I would like to thank the public for their support and the support received so far. I continue to appeal to anyone with any Any information regarding this attack contact Gardaí investigation.”
Members of the public may contact the investigative team at Cavan Garda station or provide information on Garda’s Confidential Number 1800 666 111.
Gardaí continues to attract anyone who is driving on the N16, Cavan, passing Loughan Prison, or the R206 and R207 at the junction with the N16, between 7 p.m. Sunday, February 27 and 3am on Monday 28th February – and especially anyone with video footage (dashboard or other format) – to contact Gardaí who is investigating.
Garda Síochána urges anyone with any information on this incident to contact Cavan Garda Station on 049 4368800, Garda Confidential Number 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.
Gardaí said any information received would be treated with “the strictest confidence”.
The brutal assault on Garda Scott is the third time he has been assaulted while at work.
Sources revealed that he was injured during the arrest of a driver on suspicion of drug use last year when he was accused of assault by the man.
Garda committed suicide when he was allegedly attacked as he made the arrest in the Cavan/Monaghan Garda division.
He was also the victim of a serious unprovoked assault in July 2016 and required hospital treatment after being assaulted after leaving court.
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