Friday 28 November 2014

Bus streaker refused to put his clothes on, court hears

Barry Duggan

Published 25/02/2014 | 07:40

A MAN who drunkenly streaked on a bus with three other students refused to get dressed after gardai boarded the vehicle, a court has heard.

Agricultural science student Diarmuid Grant (20) of Dromban, Upperchurch, Thurles, Co Tipperary, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour over the incident on January 27.

He also admitted behaving in an abusive and threatening manner towards officers who boarded the Bus Eireann vehicle on Dublin Road in Limerick city centre.

Judge Eugene O'Kelly was told there that were around 20 other passengers on the coach, which was heading from the city to Castleroy, where the sprawling University of Limerick campus is based.

Sgt Donal Cronin told Limerick District Court four students had taken off their clothes and were “streaking down the aisle” when the bus was stopped at a routine garda checkpoint.

Members of the traffic division boarded the coach and told the streakers to put their clothes back on.

Three of the students complied with the officers’ request, but Grant refused.

The defendant told the court he knew his behaviour had been out of order.

He said that he had been visiting relatives in the city for the night and had taken too much to drink while there.

“I was very drunk, I know it was unacceptable, and I will never do anything like it again,” he said.

Judge O'Kelly said the students had displayed the “height of immaturity”.

He asked Grant if had ever considered “streaking around a farmyard?”

And he suggested that the defendant would have been embarrassed if his “granny had been on the bus”.

Solicitor Sarah Ryan, defending Ryan, told the court her client had never been in trouble with gardai before and came from a good family.

Judge O’Kelly said he was willing to give the streaker a second chance.

He told Grant that he would not convict him so long as he paid €300 to the court poor box by March 18.

Irish Independent

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