A MAN who ran away from gardaí when they tried to arrest him on a warrant was “claustrophobic” and did not want to be taken into custody, a court has heard.
Kenneth Barry, 30, a security guard, was arrested when he slipped and fell while attempting to escape gardaí after seeing him behaving suspiciously on a bicycle.
Barry, of Redmond Court, Kilbarrack, Dublin, pleaded guilty to Garda obstruction.
Judge Bryan Smyth fined him €200 in Dublin District Court.
The court heard Gardaí saw the accused acting in a suspicious manner at James Larkin Road, Raheny, on 8 February.
A Garda stopped and spoke to Barry, realizing there was a bank order for him.
Barry ran away despite being told to stop, but slipped and fell. He was arrested and arrested.
He had a criminal record.
The defendant was stopped while riding his bike and when they got talking, the Garda told him there was an arrest warrant, his lawyer said.
Barry had offered to report to Garda station the next morning as he was suffering from claustrophobia. T
he garda refused and the accused ran away. It was a “very stupid thing” and he apologized for the offense, his attorney said.
The accused worked as a security guard, paid rent and supported his family.
Judge Smyth gave him four months to pay the fine.
The charge was made under Section 19 of the Public Order Act.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/security-guard-ran-from-gardai-because-he-was-claustrophobic-court-told-41478159.html The security guard ran away from gardaí because he was “claustrophobic,” the court said