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Monday 21 April 2014

Nightmare is over for teen

Cillian Crosson.

THE LEGAL nightmare has ended for a Dundalk teenager who was accused of insulting the president of a tiny Caribbean country he's a volunteer in.

High achieving Cillian Crossan, a former De la Salle student, was accused of threatening to kill the president of Guyana where he has spent ten months working as a volunteer English teacher with the Scottish-based charity Project Trust.

He was arrested at Easter and spent nearly six days in custody before being bailed to appear in court again at the end of May. Last week, the 17-year-old was told the prosecution wished to 'discontinue criminal proceedings'.

Cillian had been out drinking with other volunteers during the Easter break when he got into conversation with men who claimed to be part of the presidential bodyguard team.

The former Dundalk Rugby Club player joked that he would kill Guyanan president Donald Ramotar. The authorities took the joking threat seriously and Cillian was arrested and taken to a police station that evening.

It is understood the teenager, who scored 595 points in his Leaving Cert last year, was well treated in custody and while he returned to the village where he teaches to continue his volunteering, the prospect of a court hearing has loomed over him for the past two months.

Last week's good news was welcomed by Cillian's family and friends. A source told The Argus: 'Cillian is delighted this is now all over. He has been back in the village teaching with the project since this happened, but the court case was in the back of his mind to some extent. Now that has been lifted and everyone is delighted.

'The family was overwhelmed with the messages of support and goodwill for Cillian, who is due to return home in the next couple of months before taking up his place on a course at Trinity College.

'No doubt he will learn from this experience, as there is always more to be gained from a bad experience than a positive one'.

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