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for fake sake Covid rule-breaker told gardaí his name was ‘Pablo Escobar’, court told

Sean Byrne was handed an eight-month sentence


Pablo Escobar.

Pablo Escobar.

Pablo Escobar.

A FORMER courier told gardaí his name was “Pablo Escobar” after they spoke to him about breaking Covid restrictions and eating food inside a takeaway.

Sean Byrne (25) initially refused to leave the city centre takeaway and became aggressive toward gardaí.

Judge Cephas Power imposed an eight-month sentence, backdated to when Byrne first went into custody last September.

The defendant, who is originally from Kimmage but living in city centre homeless accommodation, admitted a series of public order breaches.

Sergeant Olwyn Murphy told Cloverhill District Court gardaí were on patrol at Richmond Street, Dublin 2 on March 22, 2021 when they came across Byrne, who was refusing to leave a takeaway.

He had been served food, but Covid restrictions prevented sit-ins in restaurants at the time.

Sgt Murphy said Byrne was told to leave and he became aggressive toward gardaí.

When asked his name he told officers it was “Pablo Escobar”.

Byrne further admitted a breach of the peace at College Street, Dublin 2 on March 25, 2021 and possession of a large kitchen knife at Pearse Street, Dublin 2 on July 10, 2020.

In that incident, Sgt Murphy said gardaí were on patrol when they saw Byrne drop a knife on the ground and walk away. When gardaí spoke to him, he denied having the knife.

Defence solicitor Matthew de Courcy claimed there had been a fracas between a number of others and Byrne had confiscated the knife from them.

Mr de Courcy said Byrne had battled with significant addictions to drink and drugs for a number of years.

Mr de Courcy said Byrne’s father was shot dead in 2004, when the defendant was a teenager, and he had struggled with trauma and psychological issues since.

He started hanging around with the wrong crowd and developed problems with drink, ecstasy and cocaine.

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At one stage, Byrne was spending €200 a day on cocaine, the court heard.

Mr de Courcy said Byrne was doing very well in prison, but realised he needed structures for when he was released.

He had worked as a courier, and hoped to leave his criminality in the past when he left jail.

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