Garda Ombudsman appeals for witnesses after Galway death

Thursday 06 February 2014 23.55
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A man died after entering the River Corrib last night
A man died after entering the River Corrib last night
The man's body was recovered a short time later
The man's body was recovered a short time later

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission has appealed for any witnesses to an incident in which a man died in Galway last night to come forward.

The man died after entering the River Corrib in Galway last night.

He has been named locally as David Johnson.

Originally from Scotland, the 43-year-old had lived in Galway intermittently for a number of years.

He worked as a taxi driver.

The Ombudsman Commission is examining the circumstances surrounding his death.

Mr Johnson, who had been staying in a local hostel, was approached by gardaí on Bridge Street last evening in connection with a routine road traffic issue.

He left his vehicle and walked towards O'Brien's Bridge.

Emergency services were notified when he was seen entering the water. His body was recovered a short time later.

The car that he was in was taken from the street earlier today and will be the subject of a technical examination as part of the GSOC inquiry.

It is standard practice for gardaí to contact the Ombudsman following an incident where a member of the force has interaction with somebody prior to their death.

The Ombudsman Commission has appealed to anyone who witnessed the incident on O'Brien's Bridge last night to contact an information line on 1890 600 800.