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Cheeky comic Sir Stevo is at it again - this time in an RUC uniform

Cheeky comic Sir Stevo is at it again - this time in an RUC uniform

Cheeky comic Sir Stevo is at it again - this time in an RUC uniform

Cheeky comic Sir Stevo Timothy has appeared on Twitter wearing a RUC uniform following his recent brush with the law over his mock Garda skit.

The comedian’s Galway home was raided by eight officers recently after he wore a garda jacket and hat during a sketch he posted online of the character Garda Julian Murphy.

The force failed to see the funny side as he was formally interviewed by officers and told he could face charges for wearing a garda uniform in a sketch.

Under section 61.1 of the Garda Siochana Act, a person is guilty of an offence if he or she, not being a member of the Garda Siochana has in his or her possession any article of garda uniform and is not able satisfactorily to account for possessing it.

According to the act, a person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on conviction in the District Court to a fine not exceeding €3,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or both.

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Sir Stevo Timothy attending his local garda station last night

Sir Stevo Timothy attending his local garda station last night

Sir Stevo Timothy attending his local garda station last night

However, the Act also states nothing in this section prevents the wearing of any uniform or dress in a performance in a theatre, on film or on television or other media.

“Honestly, I was shocked when they said a file was going to the DPP and that I may well be charged over it,” Stevo afterwards told the Sunday World.

“They said the offence I was being investigated was for possession of a uniform contrary to section 61.

When I arrived into the station I was taken for interview. I was cautioned but told that I wasn’t under arrest and could leave at any time.

"Essentially, what they are saying was that I needed to have the permission of the Garda Commissioner to wear the uniform. They also wanted to know where I got it.

“I told them straight out that I wasn’t at liberty to say but that it wasn’t stolen and that I hadn’t paid for it. It’s not even the current jacket … it’s an old one not in use any more.

“I think the most shocking thing to me about all of this is the resources that are being wasted,” he added. We’re in the middle of a pandemic and this has now taken up so much time it’s ridiculous.”

He added: “They have the uniform back … that should be an end to it.”

However, he has bounced back in a new Twitter picture that shows him standing with his arms crossed and dressed in what appear to be an RUC uniform and writing: ‘They can stop me being a Garda but they can't stop me being an RUC man alongside a series of laughing emojis.

The post generated a few laughs although one person, perhaps tongue is cheek, warned: ‘You'll create an international incident man. There's gonna be talks followed by more talks and eventually a commission of some sort or other.

"Check under yer car in the morning", laughed another, while one person added: "Bring on the next chapter!" and "Love it. Looking forward to your next video wearing it.2

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