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Thursday 19 October 2017

Half-naked stun gun rap man 'embarrassed by case', says solicitor

Thomas Gleeson
Thomas Gleeson

A man who allegedly jumped out of a BMW naked from the waist down and "lunged" at a garda with a stun gun claims "colour was added to the allegation by the media", which has been "acutely embarrassing" for him.

Thomas Gleeson (22) emerged from the car after gardai repeatedly knocked on its windows when they came across it at night.

He was arrested after a struggle when he allegedly "narrowly missed" a female officer.

His case was adjourned for hearing to next January.

Defence solicitor Conor MacGuill said he had not received CCTV footage of the incident.

Sergeant Geraldine McManigan said there was no CCTV.

Mr MacGuill also claimed that "colour" had been added to the allegation by the media.

He said this had been "acutely embarrassing" for his client.

When asked by Judge David McHugh, the solicitor acknowledged it was not a case where the accused should not be named.

Naked

Mr Gleeson, of Rockingham Avenue, Leixlip, is charged with unlawful possession of a stun gun and producing it while committing or appearing to be about to commit an assault on a garda.

The offences allegedly happened at Adamstown railway station on October 16, 2016.

The DPP had directed summary trial of the case in the district court and Judge McHugh had accepted jurisdiction.

Outlining the prosecution's case, Sgt McManigan previously said gardai were on patrol when they went to the car park and saw a black BMW parked there.

It was the only vehicle in the car park and the gardai activated the blue lights on their patrol car.

They got out of the car and noticed the BMW's windows were steamed up.

The officers repeatedly called out "garda" and shone torches into the BMW, with no success as nobody got out, Sgt McManigan added.

When they knocked on the window, the accused jumped out, naked from the waist down, it was alleged.

Sgt McManigan said Mr Gleeson had in his possession what gardai described as a stun gun.

It was alleged that he lunged at Gda Goretti Lynch, "narrowly missing her" as she jumped back.

She raised her baton and said "garda - drop your weapon".

Another garda assisted her and the accused was arrested, the court heard.

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