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25 May 2022

Garda was allegedly struck with an iron bar during drug search in Newbridge, Kildare

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Garda was allegedly struck with an iron bar during drug search in Newbridge, Kildare

The alleged incident took place on Wednesday, April 6. PICTURE: Naas courthouse

A detective garda was allegedly struck with an iron bar by a man during a drug search on the man’s property in Kildare.

Naas District Court was told on Thursday, April 7, that Victor Ivanovs, with an address at 15 Ballymany Mews, Newbridge, allegedly hit Det Gda Seamus Doyle on the leg with the weapon.

Det Gda Doyle alleged that the incident arose after the 45-year-old defendant allegedly obstructed gardaí from entering his home on Wednesday, April 6 last.

He added that he sustained a cut from the alleged attack.

Det Gda Doyle further alleged that Mr Ivanovs was restrained by multiple gardaí, his team uncovered an estimated €6,000 worth of amphetamines, also known as ‘speed'.

Mr Ivanovs was before the court on a charge of obstruction, and he was also charged with the possession of drugs for the purposes of sale and supply under Section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977.

In addition, he said that when the accused was given a copy of the charge sheet, he replied: "I didn’t know that they were the guards."

When told that gardaí had no objection to bail for the defendant, the judge agreed to grant bail for Mr Ivanovs until the case returns to the court on October 6 for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

As part of his bail conditions, the defendant will have to sign on once a week at his local garda station, and has to pay his own bond of €2,000.

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