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Drunk tripped up garda who was chasing youths

THIS is the drunken man who tripped up a detective who was chasing two youths after they ran from a stolen vehicle.

The actions of Frederick Trill (43) caused the officer to fall and the youths got away.

Father-of-six Trill claimed his actions were not deliberate, and he thought two men were being chased by two others.

He said his recollection of the incident was "a bit fuzzy", and said the garda was not clearly identifiable as a member of An Garda Siochana.

A judge ordered Trill to make a €200 donation to charity and said he would leave him without a conviction.

Trill, of Mellowes Park in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to obstructing Detective Garda Eamon Ryan. The incident took place at Cappagh Road in Finglas on April 18 last.

Detective Garda Ryan told the court he was on mobile patrol shortly before 3am when he received a report of a stolen vehicle in the Mellowes area.


Garda Ryan said two youths abandoned the vehicle on Mellowes Park and ran off.

The garda and his colleague ran after them, through a pedestrian laneway on to Cappagh Road.

The detective said that as the youths ran out of the laneway, Trill, who was standing at the edge of the road, tripped him up and the youths got away.

The court heard Trill has 23 previous convictions, but they date back nearly 20 years.

Defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe said Trill was drunk, just out of a taxi, and "fuzzy" about what was happening.

Mr Hanahoe said two men ran by Trill, followed by the gardai, who were not properly identified as gardai.

In response, Gda Ryan said he was wearing a garda vest, and it was clear who he was.

Judge Patrick McMahon said he would leave Trill, an out-of-work roofer, without a conviction if he donated €200 to charity.