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Saturday 30 August 2014

Judge bans man from every garda station in country for a year

Eimear Cotter

Published 30/04/2014 | 16:31

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A MAN who attempted to arrest a garda sergeant because he believes he has been given special powers by a court has been told to stop wasting garda time.
A MAN who attempted to arrest a garda sergeant because he believes he has been given special powers by a court has been told to stop wasting garda time.

A MAN who attempted to arrest a garda sergeant because he believes he has been given special powers by a court has been told to stop wasting garda time.

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Keith Blackburn (52) claimed Sergeant John Cannon had no authority to arrest him for a breach of the peace because he, under authority of the court, had already arrested the officer.

A judge banned Blackburn from every garda station in the State for a year, unless he has a lawful reason for being there.

Judge Dermot Dempsey also imposed a four month sentence but suspended it for one year.

The defendant, of Church Street in Lusk, was found guilty before Swords District Court of threatening and abusive behaviour and failing to follow the directions of gardai.

Sgt Cannon said he was working at Lusk Garda Station around 10am last December 6 when Blackburn came into the station with a letter saying he was a court appointed officer and he believed he was in contempt of court. Sgt Cannon told Blackburn he was not wanted for arrest by An Garda Siochana, and there were no warrants against him.

He said two members of the public came into the station, and he went to deal with them.

Sgt Cannon said Blackburn took his mobile phone out, put it on speaker and dialled 999, telling the speaker he wished to arrest the sergeant. The call taker hung up, but Blackburn rang him six times.

SHOUTING

Sgt Cannon said Blackburn refused to remove himself from the station, and started shouting at him that he had no authorisation to carry out his duty because he was under arrest.

The sergeant said he went to eject Blackburn from the station, and the defendant clung on to the door, hitting the fire alarm and setting it off.

Finding him guilty of a breach of the peace, Judge Dempsey said Blackburn did not have any authority to arrest a garda.

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