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Lorcan Keown

Lorcan Keown

Lorcan Keown

A MAN was arrested following a protest outside the Dáil, when he was found with a cap that had been stolen from a garda's head.

Lorcan Keown (23) was among a crowd at the protest when an officer on duty had the hat taken off him.

Keown was later found in possession of if but said he got it from two other men.

Judge Bryan Smyth told him to make a €400 charity donation to avoid a criminal record.

Keown, with an address at Chapel Street, Longford, pleaded guilty to garda obstruction.

Dublin District Court heard there was a protest taking place at Molesworth Street on October 10, 2020.

Gardaí were on public order duty and a number of people were being removed from the protest.

A garda had his cap taken from his head. The accused was identified and arrested. He was apologetic.

Keown did not take the item in question but accepted he had it when he was later stopped, his solicitor Brian Coveney said.

He had taken it from "two other males" before he was arrested.

Keown was engaged to be married and hoped to have the wedding next year, the court heard.

Mr Coveney asked the judge to leave the accused without a conviction.

Judge Smyth said if the accused wished to make a charitable donation to the Fr Peter McVerry Trust, the figure he had in mind was €400.

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He adjourned the case to a date in September.

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