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Student ran off with garda's cap as friend was arrested

A MEDIA student stole a garda's cap in an act of "misplaced loyalty" to a friend who was being arrested at the time, a court heard.

Cillian Hawkes (20) snatched the cap and ran off before leaving it in a doorway in the incident in Dublin.

The case against him was adjourned for two months by Judge David McHugh after Blanchardstown District Court heard he pleaded guilty to theft and accepted it was an act of "incredible immaturity".

Hawkes (inset), of Beech Park, Lucan, pleaded guilty to stealing Gda Darren Kinsella's cap at Sycamore Street, Dublin 2, on June 22 last.

He also admitted separate charges of public intoxication, causing a breach of the peace and refusing to pay a taxi fare on August 12. The offences did not paint an accurate picture of the accused's character, said his solicitor.

In the city centre incident, he intervened while his friend was being arrested and took the hat for a "short period".