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A YOUNG man stood out in front of a garda who was chasing a suspect, telling the officer “leave him alone”, a court has heard.

Sean O’Sullivan (21) had struggled with addiction in the past, but he had managed to get clean with the help of his father, who was a drugs counsellor.

He was convicted and fined €100 when he appeared before Judge David McHugh at Blanchardstown District Court.

The defendant, of Ashwood Road in Clondalkin, admitted obstruction of a garda on November 25, 2019.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardaí were involved in a foot chase with another individual who they believed was in possession of a stolen motorbike.

Sgt Callaghan said this man ran on to Lindisfarne Park in Clondalkin and O’Sullivan stood out in front of the garda, telling the officer “leave him alone”.

The court heard O’Sullivan had 19 previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Damien Coffey said O’Sullivan had addiction issues in the past but, with his father’s help, he had successfully completed counselling and an aftercare programme, and was focused on staying clean and out of trouble.

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