Wednesday 15 August 2018

Biker fled gardaí at 200kmh as he feared they were 'mafia'

Ennis District Court heard that Gintaras Kasakas was ‘banking’ his bike as he sped around cars
Ennis District Court heard that Gintaras Kasakas was ‘banking’ his bike as he sped around cars

Gordon Deegan

A biker was speeding "well in excess of 200kmh" because he thought he was under attack from the biker mafia, a court has heard.

At Ennis District Court yesterday, Judge Alan Mitchell imposed a two-year driving ban on Gintaras Kasakas (53), of Rath Lodge, Ashbourne, Co Meath, for dangerous driving on the motorway linking Ennis to Galway on July 30 last.

Judge Mitchell stated that he didn't find it credible that Mr Kasakas thought the pursuing unmarked Garda car was the "biker mafia".

In evidence, Garda Ronan Higgins said that as he pursued Mr Kasakas on the motorway near the Barefield exit outside Ennis at around lunchtime, he increased his speed to in excess of 200kmh "and the motor bike was still pulling away". Garda Higgins said that Mr Kasakas was "banking" his bike as he sped around cars in the pursuit.

He told the court conditions were bad due to heavy rainfall.

He added: "I deemed it too dangerous to continue the pursuit especially with a motorbike involved."

The court was told that Mr Kasakas is a member of the Kosa Bikers.

Solicitor for Mr Kasakas, Ms Shiofra Hassett said that there was no reason why her client would flee from gardaí as all his documentation, insurance, licence, etc, was in order.

Judge Mitchell said that taking account of the speed and the large amount of water on the road, he would convict Mr Kasakas of dangerous driving. Judge Mitchell also fined Mr Kasakas €350.

Irish Independent

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