Monday 24 July 2017

Bare-faced cheek: men charged after Liffey boat chase

Gardaí at the scene of the incident in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Tony Gavin
Gardaí at the scene of the incident in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Tony Gavin

Tom Tuite

Two men accused of being drunk during a boat chase on the River Liffey in Dublin in the early hours of Thursday have been granted bail.

Emergency services were alerted to an incident at about 6am when a boat was taken from its mooring at a south Dublin bank sailing club.

Brian Stacey outside court yesterday. Photo: Collins
Brian Stacey outside court yesterday. Photo: Collins

Following a pursuit on the Liffey a boat was brought to a halt and later two Dublin men were arrested and taken to Irishtown garda station. One them was naked when he was arrested at Sir John Rogerson's Quay.

Brian Stacey (44) of Derry Drive, Crumlin, and Ronan Stephens (40) from Captain's Road, also in Crumlin, face seven charges under the Maritime Safety Act, the Theft and Fraud Act and the Public Order Act in connection with the alleged incident.

They are accused of being under the influence of alcohol and failing to stop for gardaí at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club while being the operator of a boat; theft of a pleasure craft worth €11,000; navigating the craft without due care and attention and endangerment of a RNLI lifeboat crew at the shipping lane on the River Liffey; trespassing at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club and breach of the peace.

There was no objection to bail with conditions and they have not yet indicated how they will plead.

Ronan Stephens outside court yesterday. Photo: Collins
Ronan Stephens outside court yesterday. Photo: Collins

Garda Paul Moody said Mr Stacey "made no reply" when he was charged. He said the incident began in the early hours of Thursday and was ongoing when he took up duty at 7am. Mr Stacey was arrested at 8.25am at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club.

He said it was alleged the incident happened at the Shipping Lane of the River Liffey at the East Link Bridge coming into Dublin city.

Judge Walsh granted legal aid and ordered them to appear again on June 15 next.

Irish Independent

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