Man assaulted, car set alight by men impersonating undercover Gardaí

Man assaulted, car set alight by men impersonating undercover Gardaí

TWO MEN have been arrested and charged after they assaulted a man and set his car alight while pretending to be undercover members of An Garda Síochána.

Gardaí have confirmed that on Sunday, 19 April at approximately 10:55pm, a man was stopped by a vehicle which had red and blue flashing lights while driving near Castleknock, Dublin 15.

Two men exited the vehicle and identified themselves as members of An Garda Síochána, and began questioning the man they had pulled over.

When the person they had stopped demanded that they show some form of identification however, the two males returned to their vehicles and fled-- only to return when they realised the man was recording their car's license plate number.

One of the suspects exited the vehicle again, before assaulting the man and setting his car on fire.

The suspect then returned to his vehicle with the other Garda impersonator and they took off at speed in the direction of Carpenterstown, Dublin 15.

Gardaí then arrested the two men, one aged in his early 20's and the other aged in his late teens, on Monday, April 20.

They were taken to Blanchardstown Garda Station for questioning and have since been charged-- the teenager with an offence under the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act and the man with offences under the Road Traffic Act.

Both were released on bail and will appear in court on separate dates in May.

A full investigation has been launched, and a file will be sent to the Director for Public Prosecutions.