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Monday 22 April 2019

Rapper abusive to gardai after he was thrown out of gig

Dean Furlong’s parents said they wanted to support him
Dean Furlong’s parents said they wanted to support him

A YouTube rapper who hurled abuse at gardai when he was ejected from a concert at Dublin's 3Arena has been given a six-month suspended sentence.

Dean Furlong (25) had become involved in a row at the gig and became irate when he was thrown out.

Separately, he admitted walking around the city centre with a Stanley knife, as well as drugs and theft charges.

Judge John Hughes suspended the sentence for a year.

Dublin District Court heard that Furlong, of Corlat, Mullagh, Co Cavan, was ejected from the arena by security staff following "some kind of altercation" at a concert on September 22, 2018.

He was unhappy at being asked to leave, was extremely abusive to gardai and was arrested when he refused to desist. He was charged with threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and failing to comply with garda directions.

On January 7, 2018, gardai were flagged down by a member of the public who had seen Furlong walking on Talbot Street with a knife.

Cannabis

Gardai found the accused with a blue Stanley knife in his hand and when told to drop it he complied.

On January 25, 2017, plain-clothes gardai were investigating the sale and supply of drugs in the Dublin 1 area when they saw Furlong acting in a suspicious manner.

He was stopped and searched and found with a small amount of cannabis and tablets.

In another incident, in Church Wall Crescent, Dublin 13, on September 2, 2017, Furlong stole a woman's iPad. He returned it when he was arrested.

Defence solicitor Aine Bhreathnach said the accused's parents were very supportive and were in court.

Furlong wanted to "draw a line" under his offending behaviour, a lot of which was driven by "drugs and self-medication".

The accused was a rapper, was involved in the music business and wished to continue pursuing that career. He had set up a recording studio in his house and was on YouTube.

His parents wanted to support him in building his skills and stopping his destructive behaviour.

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