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Thursday 31 July 2014

Bressie has speeding case thrown out

Tom Tuite

Published 12/02/2014|07:46

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Bressie. Photo: Colin Keegan
Bressie. Photo: Colin Keegan

VOICE of Ireland star Niall 'Bressie' Breslin had a speeding prosecution thrown out after it emerged that he wasn't in the country when the alleged offence took place.

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The 33-year-old former Blizzards frontman had received a summons to appear at Dublin District Court yesterday morning. He turned up to face the music even though he had not even been in Ireland on April 17 last year, the date of the alleged speeding incident.

In the court summons he was said to have exceeded the 80kph speed limit on the N4 bypass near the Esker Estate, in Lucan, Dublin, while driving a 2012, Westmeath-registered vehicle.

But he was cleared after Judge Patrick Clyne said it would be "gravely unfair to the defendant" if the prosecution were to proceed.

The case had been initiated when another person received a fixed penalty speeding fine, but had used a nomination process to say Breslin, from Mullingar, Co Westmeath, was the driver who had been responsible.

The Trust Me, I'm A Doctor singer was allowed to leave court before his case was called and later a traffic garda explained to Judge Clyne it had emerged that Breslin had evidence showing he had been out of the country at the time of the alleged speeding incident.

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The case stemmed from Breslin being nominated by another person, the district court was told. The garda confirmed to the court that he was satisfied the singer turned Voice of Ireland coach "was out of the jurisdiction at the time".

The judge voiced concerns that the nomination facility in relation to the fixed penalty fines was open to abuse saying, "they could nominate Tom Dunne!"

He then added that it would be "gravely unfair to the defendant" for the case to proceed and agreed to the garda's request to strike out the prosecution.

No evidence was given during the hearing yesterday as to the identity of the person who had nominated the singer-song writer or if there will be any implications for them.

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