GSOC confirmed that the investigation into the death of Derry woman, Rebecca Browne, has been re-designated and will be investigated under Section 98 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 as amended. The re-designation will investigate as to whether the actions of An Garda Síochána amount to criminal in nature.

Rebecca Browne was struck by a Garda patrol car while returning from a night out in Buncrana on 21st May this year. GSOC initially launched an investigation under Section 95 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, as amended, that being where the actions of a Garda member may amount to breaches of discipline. After a review of evidence it was deemed more appropriate to re-designate the investigation.

Conor Moylan of Madden & Finucane, solicitor for the family, said:

“The family of Ms Browne have had concerns surrounding the tragedy from the outset and want the circumstances to be investigated rigorously.

“We will continue to work closely with the family to ensure a full and proper investigation is carried out.”

Rachel Lynn Smith, mother of Rebecca Browne, said:

“We are pleased to hear that the investigation is being taken seriously by the Garda Ombudsman.

“We are eager to find out what occurred on the night of Rebecca’s death. We miss our daughter dearly and can only hope that justice will be served.”