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Lunar-tic Man 'mooned' anti-lockdown protestors at Garden of Remembrance, scaled building and assaulted garda

Jarid Kenny (19) “flashed the crowd with his rear” and scaled a building at the neighbouring Rotunda maternity hospital

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Jarid Kenny

Jarid Kenny

A YOUNG man “mooned” anti-lockdown protestors from the top of a plinth at Dublin’s Garden of Remembrance, then assaulted a garda as he was arrested.

Jarid Kenny (19) “flashed the crowd with his rear” from the memorial to those who died for Ireland and scaled a building at the neighbouring Rotunda maternity hospital as he fled.

He swung his arms and injured a garda as he was taken into custody following the incident during a May Day city centre demonstration, a court heard.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case for a pre-sentence probation report.

Kenny, of Stanaway Avenue, Crumlin, pleaded guilty to public order charges including trespassing, using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and assaulting a garda.

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Jarid Kenny

Garda Sergeant Mark Eccles told Dublin District Court he was policing anti-lockdown protests in the north city centre on May 1 this year when he was directed to Parnell Square. He was told a man was in the Garden of Remembrance, mooning passers-by.

The park was locked at the time and Kenny was standing on top of the plinth. The garda saw him acting in a boisterous manner and shouting, “having just flashed the crowd with his rear.”

Sgt Eccles tried to coax him out of the park, but Kenny refused to leave, using foul language. The accused scaled a 15-foot high wall and went into an overgrowth area and the Rotunda hospital car park.

He climbed a building at the Rotunda then fled back into the Garden of Remembrance and onto Parnell Square. Sgt Eccles, who was pursuing him, saw him encounter another gardai, swinging his arms.

Kenny and the garda fell behind a wall and when CCTV was viewed, the accused could be seen placing his hands on the garda’s face before being restrained and arrested.

The garda was left with swelling on his cheek. The DPP directed that the case could be dealt with in the district court on a guilty plea and Judge Smyth accepted jurisdiction.

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The accused apologised and was very embarrassed, his solicitor Brian Keenan said.

He accepted it was a very serious incident in which a garda was injured. Kenny had problems with alcohol and drugs over the years. He was now presenting as a much more mature person and was due to start an internship, Mr Keenan said.

Judge Smyth said based on the facts, the case warranted a custodial sentence.

However, he said he was not deciding yet which route he would go down and adjourned it to January for a pre-sentence probation report.

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