Tried to hide in Gar­avogue River in bid to avoid gar­daí

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

A 24-year-old man tried to evade gar­daí who were pur­su­ing him by go­ing into the Gar­avogue River, be­fore even­tu­ally be­ing ar­rested, Sligo Dis­trict Court heard.

Leon Sweeney, with ad­dresses at Alma Ter­race Halt­ing Site and Gar­avogue Vil­las was charged with pub­lic or­der on Au­gust 6 th 2018 on John St along with mis­use of drugs, in­tox­i­ca­tion and flee­ing from gar­daí at Kempten Prom­e­nade on Septem­ber 27 th 2018. On Au­gust 6 th 2018, In­spec­tor Donal Sweeney told the court gar­daí were on mo­bile pa­trol at 3:15am and saw 2 men fight­ing out­side the Four Lanterns take-away on John St.

The de­fen­dant was seen to strike the other man with a closed fist. He ran off to­wards Grat­tan St and then Water Lane and then he was seen in the shal­low waters of the Gar­avogue River where he was try­ing to evade garda.

He then ex­ited through Stephen St where he was sub­se­quently ar­rested. On Septem­ber 27 th at 1:40am gar­daí saw the de­fen­dant near the Sin­til­l­late night­club on Kempten Pa­rade. He quickly walked away and gar­daí then found a white pow­dery sub­stance on the ground. Sweeney had a strong smell of drink and ap­peared to be bit­ing his in­side gum.

He fled on foot and tried to gain en­try to the Gar­avogue Bar but was stopped by se­cu­rity and then ar­rested by gar­daí.

Ms Laura Spellman so­lic­i­tor (de­fend­ing) said her client was 24 years old and fa­ther or 3 young children.

He was anx­ious to get treat­ment for his al­co­hol and drugs is­sues and put them be­hind him, she said. Judge Kevin Kil­rane fined him €300 and con­victed him on all charges

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