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€100 donation will prevent conviction

A YOUNG man who flew into a violent rage with gardai when they came to search his house under warrant has been told he can avoid conviction for obstruction if he makes a charity donation.

George Flynn (22) tried to rip the warrant from one officer's hands, and attacked another, shouting that he was a "free man of Ireland".

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They had come "looking for" his brother with a warrant to search the family home under the Theft Act, Dublin District Court heard.

Judge Catherine Murphy found him guilty but said she would dismiss the charge under the Probation Act if he donated €100 to Concern.

Flynn pleaded not guilty to obstructing the garda search at his home at St Beragh's Place, Swan's Nest Road, Kilbarrack, on June 28 last.

Garda Shay McGrath told the court he was let into the address by Christine Flynn, the accused's mother. He was also met at the door by the defendant's brother John Flynn, who was the person he was "looking for".

As he was explaining his reason for being there, the accused came running down the stairs. He pushed a detective aside and said: "Get the f**k out of my house, get the f**k out of my house," calling the gardai "scumbags and w**kers".

Garda Brian Morrissey tried to calm the accused down. Flynn became "extremely violent", pushing and shoving Garda Morrissey. There was no assault charge brought. The accused was arrested and removed from the house as the search could not go on. Solicitor Matthew de Courcy said Flynn was of very good character.

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