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A garda is at centre of criminal investigation for allegedly harassing a love rival

A Garda woman is under investigation for allegedly harassing the partner of another officer – who has himself been suspended on suspicion of paying a criminal to attack her home.

“It is absolutely crazy what is going on,” one source said last night. “The whole station is gobsmacked by it,” reports The Mirror.

The Irish Mirror can reveal that the officer allegedly illegally accessed the police’s internal computer system to find her love rival’s phone number – and then sent her abusive messages and voicemails.

And she is also said to have tried to break into the couple’s home to confront her rival – but was only put in danger when the woman started recording the garda on her mobile phone.

Sources have now revealed that the woman, who is not a member of the Garda, has lodged a complaint with independent police watchdog GSOC – which has launched a criminal investigation into the officer.

A spokesperson told us: “GSOC cannot confirm the existence of complaints by or against individual persons. This is in order to protect the integrity of the process and the rights of those involved,” reports The Mirror.

Although, we have confirmed from multiple sources that the GSOC has launched what is known as a Section 98 investigation – a criminal investigation into the officer.

This investigation gives GSOC investigators the power to arrest, detain and carry out related searches.

Garda bosses at the station immediately called in the police’s anti-corruption unit based in Dublin, which specializes in prosecuting allegations of officer misconduct.

The garda was later suspended and is now being investigated for paying for the attack on his colleague’s home and for leaking classified information. It has been suspended since the end of last year.

But in a surprising twist, we’ve learned that the officer whose home was attacked, which sparked the initial investigation, is now facing a criminal investigation herself.

Sources claimed that she and the male officer had a relationship which ended before the criminal raided her home.

According to sources, the GSOC is currently investigating allegations that the officer accessed the Garda Síochána’s computer system to search for his rival’s records, reports The Mirror

It is alleged that she managed to get the other woman’s phone number and sent her messages.

It is also alleged that she showed up at the couple’s home and tried to gain entry but was rebuffed.

The male Garda partner then made a formal complaint to the GSOC – whose criminal investigation has now commenced.

It is understood that the officer under investigation has not been suspended.

The Garda declined to comment.

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