Woman who made complaint against McCabe “livid” over clerical error

She says she was unhappy with how Sergeant McCabe was being portrayed in the media

Woman who made complaint against McCabe “livid” over clerical error

Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe arriving for the third day of public hearings at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle, 06-07-2017. Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews

‘Ms D’ has told the Disclosures Tribunal that she was livid when she heard that an allegation she had not made about Maurice McCabe had been reported to Gardaí.

Ms D had initially reported that she was sexually assaulted by the Garda Whistleblower in 2006 – but the DPP directed that no charges should follow.

More serious allegations were later reported to Gardaí due to a clerical error by a counsellor.

Ms D has also said she spoke to journalist Paul Williams to counter the portrayal in the media that Sergeant McCabe was a saint.

Much of the Disclosures Tribunal has so far focused on the claim made by Ms D in 2006 that she was sexually assaulted by Maurice McCabe in 1998, when Ms D was six or seven years old.

The DPP decided in 2007 that no charges should follow - due to insufficient evidence.

But in 2013 when Ms D presented for counselling, therapist Laura Brophy made a cut and paste error which resulted in allegations of digital penetration from another file being reported to gardaí.

This afternoon Ms D said she was livid and distressed when her father told her in a phone call about the more serious allegations.

She accepted that she rang Ms Brophy to correct the file, but could not recall the conversation.

Ms D has also told the tribunal that she contacted journalist Paul Williams the following year to give him her side of events.

She said she had a personal grievance against sergeant McCabe because of what happened in 1998.

Ms D said she felt very unhappy that he was being described as an honourable man and she wanted people to understand he wasn’t the saint he was being described as.

Ms D has also told the Tribunal, which is examining whether senior gardaí colluded to smear Sergeant McCabe, that she met with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and former Justice Minister Alan Shatter to discuss her case.

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