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Saturday 23 September 2017

Fan abused garda in Luas row, court told

CHARGE: Man kicked out in tram crush after soccer derby

A BOHEMIANS supporter is alleged to have kicked out at a garda inspector after he was asked to get off a Luas tram due to passenger overcrowding following a local derby.

William Parsons, who appeared in court with his arm in a sling, claimed that he hurt his arm during the incident.

The 22-year-old, with an address at Limekiln Road, Walkinstown, appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with threatening and abusive behaviour. He is also accused of resisting arrest.

The alleged incident took place at the Luas stop at Tuansgate, Tallaght, on May 15 last.

Garda Sergeant Carmel Henry told the court it would be alleged that the incident took place shortly before 9pm after a local derby between St Patrick's Athletic and Bohemians. After the match a large crowd of Bohemians fans headed towards the Tallaght Luas stop and onto a Luas.



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Gardai asked a number of people to get off the Luas as it was so crowded, but some supporters, including Parsons, refused to get off the tram.

Sgt Henry said it would be alleged that gardai tried to remove some supporters from the tram, and Parsons kicked out at Inspector Declan Downey, and obstructed him from doing his job. He then had to be physically restrained by gardai.

Defence solicitor Andrew Sheridan asked for CCTV footage of the incident, saying there were three cameras at the station, as well as CCTV cameras on the Luas itself.

Mr Sheridan said he also sourced pictures of the incident on the internet, and would hand over these to the State.

Legal aid was assigned after the court heard that Parsons is unemployed, and last worked a year ago as a security assistant, mostly in banks and large commercial buildings.

Judge James McDonnell adjourned the matter to a date in July to allow Mr Sheridan speak to his client.

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