One of the gardaí at the centre of the alleged ‘rape tape’ controversy has served in Donegal, it has emerged.
Sgt. James Gill was revealed at the weekend as one of the gardaí involved in the incident which is now the subject of a garda investigation and a probe by the Garda Ombudsman.
It is claimed that gardaí laughed about carrying out sex attacks on two women who were in custody after they were arrested at a protest the Corrib gas pipline.
Sgt. Gill was based in Letterkenny before he returned to his native Mayo. Originally from Crossmolina he has been based in Belmullet where he has extensive experience of policing the protests against thew Shell pipeline.
Sgt. Gill and Garda Hugh Egan have been transferred to Belmullet while the incident is probed.
The Irish Mail on Sunday reported at the weekend that Sgt. Gill has been involved in the prosecution of a number of rape and sexual abuse cases.
He was the chief garda investigator in a 2007 case of a man found guilty of 19 charges of raping and sexually assaulting his daughter.
Sgt. Gill has over 30 years experience in the force.
One of the women involved in the incident last week went public to speak of the distress caused to her. Calling for an independent investigation into the policing of the Shell project, she said:
“The words were horrifying and have caused deep distress. The context of these words has been causing deep trauma in a community for years and continues today,” she said.