Thursday 18 January 2018

Youth tried to prevent pal being arrested

The incident happened at McDonald's O'Connell Street
The incident happened at McDonald's O'Connell Street

A YOUNG man was arrested during a disturbance at a fast food restaurant during which he told a friend who gardai were trying to restrain: "I have your back."

Mark Blake (20) admitted public order offences including obstructing the arrest of his pal.

His friend, Mark Travers (22), pleaded guilty to similar charges at Dublin District Court.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned both their cases for community service suitability reports.

Blake of Briarfield Grove and Travers of Roseglen Road, both in Kilbarrack, admitted public drunkenness, breach of the peace and obstruction at McDonald's, O'Connell Street on February 21.

Gda Kieran O'Rourke said he was called to a public order disturbance at 4am. Blake was verbally abusive to the officers, told them to "f*** off" and tried to block them from arresting his friend. He told his friend: "I have your back", stood in the way of the arresting garda and attempted to push him back.

Blake was on social welfare and his partner was expecting a child, his barrister Karl Monahan told the court.

The court heard Travers told gardai to "f*** off and get away from him". He resisted arrest and another officer assisted in restraining him.

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