Wednesday 19 September 2018

Man who 'jumped out of BMW and lunged at garda with stun gun' embarrassed by media coverage

Thomas Gleeson of Rockingham Avenue Leixlip
Thomas Gleeson of Rockingham Avenue Leixlip

Eimear Cotter

A YOUNG man who allegedly 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 has alleged that "colour was added to the allegation by the media" which has been "acutely embarrassing" for him.

Thomas Gleeson (22) emerged from the car after gardai repeatedly knocked on its windows when they came across it at night.

He was arrested after a struggle when he allegedly “narrowly missed” the garda.

His case was adjourned for hearing to a date next January when he appeared at Blanchardstown District Court.

His solicitor, Conor MacGuill, claimed that "colour" had been added to the allegation by the media, which had been "acutely embarrassing" for his client.

When asked by Judge David McHugh, the solicitor acknowledged it was not a case where the defendant should not be named.

Mr MacGuill also said that CCTV in relation to the allegation was still outstanding.

Sergeant Geraldine McManigan said she did not believe there was CCTV of this incident.

Mr Gleeson, from Rockingham Avenue in Leixlip, 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 Train Station on October 16, 2016.

The DPP had directed summary trial of the case in the district court and Judge McHugh previously accepted jurisdiction to deal with it.

Outlining the prosecution’s case, Sgt McManigan previously 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 exited 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 as nobody got out, Sgt McManigan continued.

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 garda raised her ASP baton and said “garda - drop your weapon, garda - drop your weapon.”

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

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