Builder tried to stop garda arresting his brother
A CONSTRUCTION worker grabbed a garda from behind and tried to stop him from arresting his brother, a court heard.
David Walsh (25) had to be pulled away from the garda and his brother by a number of other officers.
The defendant, of Allenton Green in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour and wilfully obstructing Garda Andrew Quinn.
The incident took place at Belgard Road in Tallaght on July 4 last year.
Garda Kevin Keane said gardai were on beat patrol shortly before 1am when they came across Walsh and two other men. Garda Keane said Garda Andrew Quinn decided to arrest one of the other men, and at this Walsh tired to intervene and grabbed Garda Quinn from behind.
He had to be separated from his brother and Garda Quinn by two other officers.
Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said Walsh intervened on his brother's behalf due to a misplaced sense of loyalty to his brother.
Mr Hennessy said Walsh was having problems at the time and was medicating with drink. The solicitor said Walsh was very drunk at the time and had spent the day drinking beer and vodka. Judge David McHugh ordered Walsh to complete 150 hours community service in lieu of three months in prison.