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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Busker who fled from Garda van was 'showing off'

Geary can avoid a conviction if he donates €300 to charity
Geary can avoid a conviction if he donates €300 to charity

A Leaving Cert student who jumped on to a ledge outside a city centre bank after he was arrested by gardai for public order offences was "showing off", a court heard.

Callum Geary (18), a licensed busker, fled in an act of "bravado" after hurling abuse at gardai who had confiscated his cans of beer.

Judge David Waters adjourned the case and said he would strike it out if Geary made a €300 donation to charity.

Geary, of Lavarna Grove, Terenure, admitted trespassing at a branch of the Ulster Bank in Pleasants Lane on November 4. He also admitted threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour, obstructing gardai and failing to obey them.

Dublin District Court heard Geary was stopped by gardai near the bank.

He and his friends had alcohol with them, which officers seized.

Chased

Geary became abusive and refused to comply with directions given by the gardai.

He was arrested, but ran off after he was put in the back of a patrol van.

When chased by gardai, he jumped on to a ledge outside the Ulster Bank building.

Geary was arrested and taken to Kevin Street Garda Station.

It was "more bravado, acting out in front of his friends than anything else", said Geary's lawyer.

The accused had been drinking and had a number of cans of beer with him.

When the gardai arrived he was "essentially showing off", said his lawyer.

He was "a bit embarrassed" in front of his friends and accepted his behaviour was inappropriate.

Geary later went to the garda station to apologise.

His main passion was the guitar and he had a licence to busk on Grafton Street.

He was "mortified" to be in court, said his layer.

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