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Friday 6 December 2019

Student lashed out at garda in 'confusion'

'Judge Paula Murphy struck the case out, leaving him without convictions after he paid €350 to charity.' (stock photo)
'Judge Paula Murphy struck the case out, leaving him without convictions after he paid €350 to charity.' (stock photo)

A Chinese student "lashed out" as gardai arrested him for becoming aggressive when he was questioned in Dublin city centre.

Wei Ren (29) was "confused" about who the garda was when he was approached, a court heard.

Wei, with an address at Stillorgan Park Avenue, pleaded guilty to obstruction and failing to follow garda directions.

Judge Paula Murphy struck the case out, leaving him without convictions after he paid €350 to charity.

Dublin District Court heard gardai were on duty at the Garda National Immigration Bureau on Burgh Quay last February 23.

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An officer spoke to the accused when Wei became aggressive and started shouting in a threatening manner. He failed to desist, and his aggressive behaviour continued.

He then blocked the garda from getting to the offices. Two more gardai arrived to take him to a van and he tried to escape, then resisted, lashing out a number of times.

There might have been "confusion" about the first garda's identity, Wei's lawyer said. He was a computer science student with permission to be in the State and was "pretty mortified".

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