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Thursday 8 December 2016

Gardai called over 'agitated' flatmate

Dublin District Court

Colm Walsh pleaded guilty to obstructing a garda
Colm Walsh pleaded guilty to obstructing a garda

A DUBLIN man drinking with his flatmates became so "agitated" that they locked themselves into a room and called the gardai.

When the gardai arrived Colm Walsh (27) would not let officers go to the room to speak to his flatmates.

The court heard gardai went to the address after they were called by the accused's flatmates.

They said they had been out drinking with the defendant and when he came home he was in such an agitated state that they locked themselves into a room.

When the gardai arrived, Walsh would not let them go to the room where his flatmates were. There was no allegation of any assault by the accused, Dublin District Court was told.

Walsh - with an address at Park Place, Islandbridge, Dublin 8 - pleaded guilty to obstructing a garda there on May 29, 2015.

Donation

Judge Cormac Dunne left him without a criminal conviction over the incident after he made a €200 donation to the Garda Benevolent Association.

He said this would be a token of Walsh's remorse and Walsh's record would be clean.

"Your conduct was particularly offensive to (the gardai). You are getting a chance, do not waste it," the judge said.

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