Sunday 17 November 2019

Man 'leapt out of BMW half-naked and lunged at garda with stun gun after officers knocked on car's steamed up windows'

Thomas Gleeson of Rockingham Avenue Leixlip
Thomas Gleeson of Rockingham Avenue Leixlip
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A young man jumped out of a parked BMW in a train station, naked from the waist down, and "lunged" at a female garda with a stun gun, it has been alleged.

A court was told that Thomas Gleeson (22) emerged from the car after gardai repeatedly knocked on its steamed up windows when they came across it at night.

He was arrested after a struggle during which he allegedly "narrowly missed" the garda.

His case was adjourned when he appeared at Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Gleeson, of Rockingham Avenue, Leixlip, Kildare, is charged with unlawful possession of a stun gun and producing it while committing or appearing to be about to commit the offence of assaulting a garda.

The offences are alleged to have happened at Adamstown Railway Station on October 16, 2016.

He has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges.

Garda Sergeant Geraldine McManigan said the DPP had directed summary disposal of the case at district court level subject to the judge considering whether to accept jurisdiction.

Outlining the prosecution’s case, she said gardai were on patrol when they went to the car park and saw a black BMW parked there.

It was the only vehicle in the car park and the gardai activated the blue lights on their patrol car.

They got out of the car and noticed that the BMW’s windows were steamed up.

The officers repeatedly called out "garda" and shone flashlights into the car with no success, Sgt McManigan added.

When they knocked on the window, the accused jumped out, naked from the waist down, it was alleged.

Sgt McManigan said Mr Gleeson had in his possession what gardai described as a stun gun.

It was alleged he lunged at Garda Goretti Lynch, "narrowly missing her" as she jumped back.

The officer raised her baton and said: "Garda – drop your weapon; garda – drop your weapon."

Another garda assisted her and the accused was arrested, the court heard.

Judge McHugh accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case, meaning that it can be dealt with at district court level instead of being sent for trial to a higher court.

Applying for free legal aid, defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe said the accused was in receipt of disability allowance and was living at home with his parents.

A statement of his financial means was handed into court.

Judge McHugh granted legal aid and adjourned the case to October 5, for the defendant to decide how he intends to plead to the charges.

Mr Gleeson did not address the court during the hearing.

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