MAN SUES GARDAÍ IN ‘WRONGFUL’ ARREST LAWSUIT

first_imgSean Hall arriving in courtGARDAI who arrested a former US air force engineer at his own home did so illegally, it was claimed in a court case yesterday.Sean Hall, a 50-year-old retired mechanic, is suing Gardai alleging they breached his constitutional rights by arresting him on suspicion of causing criminal damage to the property. Mr Hall claimed at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday that he was arrested despite legal advice given to Gardai beforehand that he was legally entitled to enter a home at which his wife had changed the locks.The arrest took place on April 15 2009 in Gweedore, Co Donegal.Mr Hall had returned to the area two days earlier after undergoing heart surgery in America.He and his wife were having marital problems at the time and they hadn’t spoken for four months whilst he was in the USA.However when he went to their house on April 13 the locks had been changed.He was advised by Gardai that day to leave the area after Mrs Maria Hall called officers.Two days later, he returned to the house and broke in through a window.His solicitor Cormac Hartnett had called and faxed Gardai and Mrs Hall’s solicitor advising them that his client was legally entitled to return to the property.At 8pm a stand-off occurred inside the house when Mr Hall barricaded himself inside a bedroom and refused to come out, Judge Petria McDonnell was told.Gardai broke down the door, arrested Mr Hall and took him to Glenties Garda Station.“They basically treated me like a criminal. They told me to open the f***ing door,” said Mr Hall.“They put me in the cop car and it was overwhelming.”He was released the next day and an ex-parte barring order was granted at the district court, an order later lifted and Mr Hall did later return to live at the house until his marriage of 20 years broke up.Cormac Hartnett, Mr Hall’s solicitor, gave evidence and told the judge that he was “incredulous” that his client had been arrested despite phoning Gardai and faxing them. He had also faxed and phoned Mrs Hall’s solicitor.Mr Hall claimed that he had recorded the incident on a mobile phone but when his personal belongings were returned one of his three phones was missing.James O’Donnell, barrister for An Garda Siochana, strenuously denied this allegation, telling Mr Hall he had signed for his possessions and had never made a complaint about it.Garda witnesses have yet to be called in the case.The hearing was adjourned and will resume at Castlebar court on October 30.MAN SUES GARDAÍ IN ‘WRONGFUL’ ARREST LAWSUIT was last modified: October 19th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Why he fits Look no further than the Cardinals T

first_imgWhy he fits: Look no further than the Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu for an example of a player who has flourished in the NFL after entering the league with character concerns stemming from college transgressions. So, it comes as little surprise that Mathieu was part of the club’s vetting process on Nkemdiche prior to the draft. Beyond character concerns, however, Nkemdiche is a free spirit with a colorful personality, and the kind of guy who could succeed in a setting that allows him to be himself. Sound anything like former Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett? Even coach Bruce Arians embraced the comparison.The Dockett comparisons are easy to make, given that the two play the same position and Nkemdiche will be wearing number 90 for Arizona. Though the rookie is larger in stature, they even look a little alike.As for the “free spirit” part, Nkemdiche himself has said Arizona is the perfect place for him because the Cardinals allow players to be themselves rather than try to fit into some sort of box.At any rate, both the Cardinals and Nkemdiche seem to have found what they were looking for in each other. For the Cardinals, they landed a potentially disruptive defensive lineman whose talent may belie his draft slot, and for Nkemdiche, he found a home that will accept him for who he is. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “They know what they’re getting into, and we know what we’re getting into.”Arians went on to explain that, when it comes to Nkemdiche, he comes from a great family and his off the field questions all stem from one bad night, which they don’t expect to be repeated.“I felt very, very comfortable the fourth time I sat down and went through this story again, of what really transpired and where he comes from and what he’s all about,” the coach added. “He will fit our culture.”A major part of the team’s confidence comes from Tyrann Mathieu, a third-round selection in 2013 who had been kicked off his college team but, with the Cardinals, has turned into one of the best defensive players in the NFL and a face of the franchise. The way he has turned his life around has led to GM Steve Keim taking a second look at players who are perceived as “troubled” when it comes to evaluating talent, and that way of business led the team to Nkemdiche, a talented player who fell to No. 29 for a reason.And you know what? According to NFL.com college football writer Chase Goodbread, the defensive lineman is one of nine NFL Draft picks who landed with the ideal team. Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals certainly believe in their culture, for if they didn’t there is little chance they would have chosen Robert Nkemdiche with the 29th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.In fact, they said as much shortly after making the selection.“I think the culture of our locker room speaks for itself,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “We’ve got great leadership, young and old. When those guys meet with players, when we bring them in, they meet with a lot of different players we bring in. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 28 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share Robert Nkemdiche (90) lines up with Olsen PIerre (72), Josh Popper (48) and Trevon Hartfield (31) during rookie mini-camp. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports)last_img read more