Wednesday 13 December 2017

Student used rifle in bid to clear Louth home after 200 youths gathered for 'Project X'-style party

The American film Project X shows a house being trashed by a crowd sourced on social media Photo: Warner Bros
The American film Project X shows a house being trashed by a crowd sourced on social media Photo: Warner Bros

Cillian Sherlock

A student who returned home from a night out to find more than 200 young people invading his house for a party then carried his father’s rifle downstairs in an effort to clear them out, a court heard.

Aaron Nordon from Blackrock, Dundalk, Co Louth admitted a summons for unauthorised possession of a licensed firearm at his home on February 27, 2016 but a conviction was not recorded against him.

The Argus reports that Nordon’s parents were away at the time of the incident and he had been at the pub with his friends.

The court heard when he returned home news of a ‘free house’ had spread on social media and around 200 youths had shown up.

Gardaí said the 21-year-old had difficulty removing the crowds and went to retrieve his father’s unloaded rifle.

The court heard there had been a burglary in the house a short time prior to the impromptu party and a thief had stolen the gun case which left the rifle "out".

Nordon was filmed by some of the teenagers as he tried to make them leave.

A passing garda patrol saw the crowds of people and a summons was issued.

Nordon, a film studies student, has never been in trouble before, according to solicitor Conor MacGuill.

Judge Coughlan queried whether there were any proceedings against Nordon’s father but found there was not.

He said: “I think the father was wrong to have the gun out of the case”.

He added that he would "take a grand off the father" by way of a donation to the court poor box.

No conviction was recorded against Nordon.

The incident has been likened to the 2012 Hollywood movie Project X where a group of youths throw a party which quickly goes out of control after details are spread online.

Nordon declined to comment when contacted by this week.

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