Friday 25 April 2014

RTÉ crash driver pleads guilty

A MAN accused of causing criminal damage to the reception doors at RTÉ studios by driving his car into it has pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court - but charges he harassed RTÉ star Pat Kenny have been dropped.

Paul Stokes (52), of Mountpelier Parade, Monkstown, admitted causing criminal damage to the RTÉ Montrose building on December 2, 2006, and causing a substantial risk of death or serious injury to another. His guilty plea came just before the jury was sworn in.

Judge Patricia Ryan remanded him for sentencing later when evidence of the crime will be given.

The State decided not to prosecute on the further charge that Stokes harassed RTÉ's Pat Kenny on which he was due to stand trial next January.

The trial date has now been vacated.

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