Two arrested for defacing books of condolence for murdered Garda Colm Horkan
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Two arrested for defacing books of condolence for murdered Garda Colm Horkan

TWO PEOPLE have been arrested for separate incidents which saw public books of condolence for murdered Garda Colm Horkan defaced.

Books of condolence have been opened in Garda stations around the country, for members of the public to write messages of sorrow and support to the Garda's family, friends and colleagues.

However, two men have been arrested-- one in Blanchardstown and one in Tallaght, Dublin-- for defacing the book.

In Blanchardstown, a 23-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly wrote "rat" in the book, later sharing an image of the defaced book on social media alongside laughing emojis, according to The Irish Times.

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A second 23-year-old man was arrested in Tallaght for allegedly scribbling across several pages of the book.

Both men were arrested and detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act before later being released.

Both are due to appear in court at a later date.

Detective Garda Colm Horkan was murdered on Wednesday night when a man seized his gun and shot at him fifteen times, hitting him in the chest four times.

He had served in the force for 24 years and became the 89th Garda to die in the line of duty since the Gardaí were established in the early 1920's.

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Det Garda Horkan's funeral was held in Charlestown, Co Mayo yesterday afternoon. Image: Rolling News

His funeral was held yesterday in his hometown of Charlestown, Co Mayo, where his brother delivered a touching eulogy describing Det Garda Horkan as a "gem", " son and brother like no other" who "had all the values you would associate with a good and decent human being.

"He was kind, considerate, selfless and above all, loyal to the core.”