Gardaí flagged down by man in military attire

A man dressed in full military attire, including ceremonial feathers in his cap, flagged down a Garda car at Wellington Rd in Cork to announce that he was a member of the French Foreign Legion who had lost his way.

Gardaí flagged down by man in  military attire

Inspector John Deasy said yesterday that the man, who gardaí encountered after 5.30pm on June 22, had the full military attire of the French Foreign Legion, including military boots, uniform, cap, and feathers.

“He stated that he was lost and that he was a member of the French Foreign Legion,” Insp Deasy told Cork District Court.

Gardaí may have suspected that all was not necessarily as it seemed.

The first indication of something else being behind the sudden appearance of this uniformed man came with the smell of intoxicants.

Then there was the admission made by the man that he had consumed more than seven pints of beer.

Before it became necessary to inform the French Foreign Legion that one of its officers had been located in Cork, the man admitted he had bought the uniform on eBay.

Solicitor Graham Hyde said Marcin Bak, aged 36, with an address at Deerpark in Cork, admitted being drunk and a source of danger to himself.

“He had been at some sort of party on the day. He is from Poland. He is here seven years. He is in full-time employment and has no previous convictions,” Mr Hyde said.

Judge O’Leary said that if the defendant brought in €250 for the court charity fund in a fortnight, then that would dispose of the matter. It is anticipated that the charge against him will then be dismissed under the Probation of Offenders Act.

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