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Wanted student held for 'smoke in plane toilet'

A UCD student who allegedly tried to smoke in an aeroplane toilet ended up being arrested after gardai discovered there was a live bench warrant out for him, a court heard.

Aleksujs Kudrjavcevs, who is in his early 20s, was arrested by gardai at Dublin Airport after staff on an Air Baltic flight from Riga in Latvia reported that a young man had been smoking in the toilets.

Garda Donal O'Brien said gardai were called to the incident and they discovered that there was a bench warrant in existence for Kudrjavcevs.

However, he said the business studies student will not face any charges in relation to the alleged incident on the aeroplane. The accused, with an address at Park Lane, Grange Rath, Drogheda, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court on foot of a bench warrant.

The warrant relates to an alleged public drunkenness incident at Crestfield Avenue, Whitehall on May 25, 2009.

Garda O'Brien said Kudrjavcevs was due to appear before the Bridewell District Court on June 11 last year but failed to appear.

The garda said that Kudrjavcevs has lived in Irelandfor a number of years, and is a final year business studies student in UCD.

Gda O'Brien said the accused was in Riga for his grandmother's funeral, and arrived back in Ireland on Wednesday morning. The court heard there was no objection to bail.

Judge David McHugh remanded Kudrjavcevs on bail in his own bond of €300.

The accused was ordered to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice in two weeks.