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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Garda (26) admits to trespass

Andrew Phelan

Published 01/11/2013 | 01:55

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A YOUNG garda has admitted trespassing at a house where a women's international soccer player was staying, after the two had a dispute over a phone he had loaned her.

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Brian MacLaughlin (26) got into the row with footballer Niamh Reid Burke at the front door of the south-Dublin house after they shared a taxi home from the city centre in the early hours of the morning.

Garda MacLaughlin, a highly commended drugs squad officer, pleaded guilty to criminal trespass.

Judge Conal Gibbons struck the case out at Dublin District Court after the garda made a €1,000 charity donation. He said that while the accused's conduct was "not exactly gentlemanly", gardai were human and made mistakes. He also stressed that Ms Reid Burke had been entitled to make the complaint and that "nobody was above the law".

Gda MacLaughlin, who is based at Terenure station, admitted trespassing in a manner likely to cause fear at Crannagh Road, Rathfarnham, on August 19, 2012.

He had initially denied the charge but changed his plea to guilty after a further count of assaulting Ms Reid Burke was withdrawn by the prosecution.

The donation was made to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Irish Independent

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