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Saturday 10 December 2016

Horseman lashed out and tried to kick garda

AN ACCOMPLISHED horseman who resisted arrest has been left without a conviction after he agreed to made a donation to the Garda Benevolent Fund.

Robert Egan (31), who works at breaking-in horses, lashed out at Gda Mark Reilly and tried to kick him while he was being arrested for his own safety.

Egan, of Lanesborough Square, Finglas, pleaded guilty at Blanchardstown District Court to resisting Gda Mark Reilly at his home address last New Year's Day.

He had drunk a bottle of vodka the night before and had fallen and banged his head during an incident at his home.

When Gda Reilly arrived at the house because of the incident and saw Egan, who was intoxicated with a cut to his head, he tried to administer first aid.

"He lashed out and tried to kick me," said the officer, "and began to spit blood, unintentionally."

The defence solicitor said Egan wished to apologise to Gda Reilly, explaining that he reacts badly when he gets drink into him.

He said the father of two has the opportunity to travel abroad for work and asked Ju dge David McHugh to leave him without a conviction.

Judge McHugh remarked that Egan is "an accomplished horseman".

He said he will strike the charge out if Egan makes a donation of €100 to the benevolent fund.

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