Monday 21 August 2017

Drunken Liffey boat chase accused 'owned the vessel'

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)

Tom Tuite

A man accused of stealing a boat before a drunken chase along the River Liffey is the owner of the vessel, a court heard.

Emergency services were alerted to an incident at around 6am on June 1, when a boat was taken from its mooring at a south Dublin bank sailing club.

Following a pursuit on the Liffey, the craft was brought to a halt and later two Dublin men were arrested and taken to Irishtown garda station. Brian Stacey (44), of Derry Drive, Crumlin, and Ronan Stephens (40), from Captain's Road, Crumlin, face seven charges under the Maritime Safety Act, the Theft and Fraud Act and the Public Order Act in connection with the incident.

They appeared before Judge Michael Walsh at Dublin District Court on June 1 and were granted bail providing they do not take part in any boating activities on the Liffey, unless with the approval in writing of gardaí and the Dublin harbour master.

Yesterday, solicitor Michael Kelleher, for Mr Stacey, said he intended to write to the DPP because his client was the owner of the boat and had a receipt.

The pair have been 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.

They have also been charged with theft of a pleasure craft worth €11,000, navigating the craft without due care and attention, 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.

Judge Walsh agreed to remove the bail condition banning Mr Stacey from the Liffey without getting permission from gardaí and the harbour master. At the first hearing Garda Paul Moody said Mr Stacey "made no reply" when he was charged.

Irish Independent

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