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Boozy busker hampered aid for injury man

A DRUNK busker hampered garda attempts to help an unconscious man, a court heard.

Andy Stephens (26) was drunk, did not realise the seriousness of the incident, and was foolishly trying to rouse the man, Dun Laoghaire District Court heard.

Judge Ann Ryan ordered Stephens to do 50 hours of voluntary work with Bray Wanderers FC and said she'd strike out the charges.

The defendant, of Clarinda Park East in Dun Laoghaire, admitted before the court to charges of public drunkenness, threatening and abusive behaviour and obstructing gardai.

The incident took place on Marine Road in Dun Laoghaire on December 16 last year.

Garda Scott Murray said he was called to Marine Road following reports that a man was lying injured on the road.





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Garda Murray said he tried to help the man, who was unconscious, but Stephens kept interrupting him and preventing him from doing first aid.

The court heard the defendant has no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam said Stephens was playing the guitar when the man, who was known to him, decided to climb the Christmas tree.

He found this amusing, but then the man fell off the tree and landed on the ground.

Mr Lynam said Stephens did not realise the seriousness of the incident, and he inappropriately tried to move the man, even though he was lying unconscious on the ground.

The court heard that Stephens, who is unemployed and on social welfare, repeatedly ignored gardai calls to get away and stay away, and their genuine efforts to help the man were hampered by him.

Mr Lynam said the man suffered a cut to the head but has since recovered.

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